Lunar eclipse: Stargazers in Singapore catch century's longest 'blood moon'

Stages Of A Total Lunar Eclipse

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany, Friday, July 27, 2018.

A total lunar eclipse - the longest of the century - is now starting to become visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere.

The shadow of the earth can be seen covering the full moon as its colour turns red during a total lunar eclipse as seen from Sydney, Australia.

To astronomers, this is a thrilling example of a total lunar eclipse - the longest one we'll see for the rest of the century.

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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.

Some of the light from the sun still reaches the moon after it is bent by the earth's atmosphere, he added. Just a few years ago, two rival preachers promoted two separate (but very similar) theories that a series of four consecutive blood moons during 2014 and 2015 heralded the end times, citing as their main evidence a few quotes from the Bible.

The ancient Inca were said to have believed a red moon meant it had been mauled by a jaguar, and the Mesopotamians thought it was a warning their king would be attacked.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

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However, not all lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show. It also became a "Super Blue Blood Moon" because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month.

At 1.13am, the moon began to pass through the Earth's shadow, darkening gradually, although the darkening was not apparent to the naked eye.

"During a very dark eclipse the moon may be nearly invisible". The planetarium has organised a "Moon Carnival" for people in the national capital to watch the eclipse, PTI reported.

The moon was also at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark. Earlier this year, the world got a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse on January 31. In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon.

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Viewers received an extra treat, with Mars competing for attention, sparkling brightly.

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