'Blood moon' lunar eclipse partially visible in T&T on Friday

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'Blood moon' lunar eclipse partially visible in T&T on Friday

Thai stargazers will be staying up into the wee hours of Saturday to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, as a "super blood moon" dazzles the world.

The eclipse is set to occur during North America's daytime, but will be visible in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.

Mars will appear at its brightest as it coincidentally happens to travel closest to Earth, a mere 57.7 million kilometers (35.9 million miles) away, on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

Yes, it's a total lunar eclipse, so the moon will be entirely in the Earth's shadow.

Unlike a solar eclipse, which can be viewed only from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth.

The phenomenon - caused by the Moon being in Earth's shadow, turning it dark red - was visible for a full one hour and 43 minutes. The total eclipse is scheduled to end at 5.13 a.m.

Lunar eclipse begins when the Moon begins to pass into Earth's shadow, gradually growing dimmer.

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse behind the Saentis in Luzern Switzerland Friday
The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse behind the Saentis in Luzern Switzerland Friday

The rising full moon will also change from shining silver to deep blood-red during the eclipse.

"Dem yelebesech chereka", some murmured - Amharic for "blood moon".

The probability of a simultaneous blood moon and total lunar eclipse is very low, reports say.

During the alignment, sunlight hits the earth's atmosphere which has a strong blue haze due to its oceans.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m. Just before the lunar eclipse event, the moon will reach its apogee, its farthest point from Earth.

The moon will also be plotting a fairly long path across the Earth's disk-shaped shadow.

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

The moon was in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

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