Blood Moon expected to be visible from Wicklow tonight

Blood Moon rising Longest lunar eclipse of the century burns dark red

In the night from 27 to 28 July, the entire world witnessed the unique phenomenon - the longest lunar Eclipse of the XXI century. The planet Mars, which will be at its closest point to Earth in 15 years on July 31, appeared as a bright object near the moon.

I'll tell people to look at the moon on any random night, but tonight, Friday July 27, is when you should really be turning your head toward the sky.

If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.

The next total eclipse of the sun visible in the USA will be on April 8, 2024.

The blood moon phenomenon, which has caused some Christian fundamentalists to denounce the celestial event as a harbinger of doom, occurs when the moon passes behind the shadow of the Earth.

The blood moon cometh!

The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the USA as by the time the moon rises at night in the United States, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra. Some light, though, still reaches it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

When the moon moves into the conical shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

The full eclipse took place at 2022 GMT and could be seen in Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia and Australia, although cloud clouds obscured the moon in some places. In Somalia, some hurried to mosques for special prayers often observed during lunar eclipses. There will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra.

The longest lunar eclipse of the century will happen late Friday or early Saturday, depending on where you live.

The next eclipse to last that long will occur on June 9, 2123, but it will not be visible from Australia.

"The moon is passing very close to the center of Earth's shadow, so it is passing on a chord that nearly equals the full diameter of the shadow", Steve Edberg, an astronomer who recently retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Los Angeles Times.

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