Longest lunar eclipse of the century happening this week

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The total phase of the eclipse will last a generous one hour and 43 minutes. Cloudy skies could play spoilsport for those who are interested in watching the total lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipses also only take place when the moon is full.

As the Moon continues on its orbit, and pulls away from the Umbra, stargazers will notice another partial lunar eclipse. Extra pollutants in the atmosphere may enhance the vibrancy of the moon's apparently color as well. The maximum eclipse will be at 4:21p.m.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be seen with the naked eye from rooftops.

A'super blue blood moon seen in Rosaria near Santa Fe
A'super blue blood moon seen in Rosaria near Santa Fe

The Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and thanks to some quirky physics, will colour the moon red for more than 100 minutes, according to NASA. The moon will be in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. This is an eclipse of the moon - a lunar eclipse.

The full moon during an Eclipse repainted in a dramatic color.

A lunar eclipse can be seen from Earth at night.

Friday's red moon comes as part of the longest total lunar eclipse of the century.

However, the red planet will reach closest to the Earth on July 31. The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which causes Earth's atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light. Its appearance near the blood moon after sunset will give viewers a double vision in red.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the lunar eclipse will begin in the wee hours of July 28 morning. The moon will not fully eclipse for those viewing the phenomenon on the east coast but those living further west will see the moon completely leave the shadow of the earth.

As for a solar eclipse, you've got a longer wait. Residents in most of the world will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

It is safe to look at the spectacle without any additional protection. "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood".

This year has been unusual with regard to eclipses.

To get the best view of the eclipse, make sure you are in an area with low-light pollution. Home blessings also can be done during an eclipse with cleansing during the Eclipse time, followed by protection and energizing at the culmination of the Eclipse. The corona is the sun's top layer.