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'Blood Moon' to Grace Nigerian Skies On July 27

06 July 2018

Skywatchers in North America will not be able to see the rare event and will have to wait until 2020 to experience a total lunar eclipse.

This eclipse will last one hour and 43 minutes which is almost 40 minutes longer than the January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon combo.

The lunar eclipse will be visible to most areas in Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean region, as quoted in AJC website, July 2.

According to Mikayilov, the lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Azerbaijan.

During the eclipse, the moon will enter the shadow of the earth for about four hours, and the event will be seen clearly across at least three continents, officials said.

If the sun's rays are completely blocked, the moon takes on a red or orange hue, giving it the name "Blood Moon".

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The air also spread more shorter-wavelength light (in green or blue colors) followed by the longer-wavelength which redder at end of the spectrum.

National Geographic previously reported the total lunar eclipse on July 28 "is the longest of the century" and is expected to last one hour and 43 minutes.

He said that the eclipse will begin at 22:24 (Baku time), will reach a maximum at 00:21, and end at 02:19. The next total lunar eclipse will be seen on January 21, 2019.

According to PAGASA, lunar eclipse is safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes.

When the sun's rays fall into the planet's atmosphere, blue visible spectrum of solar radiation is scattered and the red passes through and penetrates the cone of shadow of Earth.

Coincidentally, Planet Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 15 years on the same night. Mars will appear about 10 times brighter than usual, with peak brightness occurring on July 31.

'Blood Moon' to Grace Nigerian Skies On July 27