Canada to witness longest lunar eclipse of 21st century this week

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A blood moon is a term used to describe a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon appears darkened as it passes through the Earth's shadow. "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". The Moon will start to turn red from about 5.30 am.

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He pointed out that the moon's appearance greatly depended on atmospheric conditions around the Earth at the time of the eclipse. For this eclipse, the moon will pass closer to the centre of that cone, and therefore it would take it a little longer than the one that had happened just in January. The first phase of this partial lunar eclipse is expected to set in from 11.54 pm.

An added treat next week: July's total lunar eclipse occurs on the same day the planet Mars reaches its opposition, when it will shine at its best in the night sky, according to

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It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse without any protective eyewear.

The sun shall be darkened and the moon shall turn to blood before the great and awful day of the Lord comes. However, Indians won't be fortunate in light of the continuous rainstorm season in the nation which may make the moon be eclipse from seeing. Sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere will light the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red.

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Tune in starting at 2:24p.m. (Jacksonville time) to see the partial eclipse.

The UK will have one of the best views of the eclipse in the world at dusk on Friday, as the moon turns blood red for hours. The totality will begin around 4:21 p.m. People in the eastern part of South America and western parts of Europe will be able to see it at moonrise while parts of western Australia will get a glimpse during moonset. Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign.

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If you're in eastern Africa, central Asia or the Middle East, you're in an optimal geographical position to view the Blood Moon. On July 31, the red planet will be only 35.8 million miles away from Earth, making it clearly visible to the naked eye.