The much expected total lunar eclipse or rather ‘blood moon’ will be here with us.
Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu, has said. Ubachukwu, the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview in Abuja.
“Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting. “It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11: 20 p.m. “This total lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere, which are Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
“Part of South America will be able to watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27. “New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise on July 28. “It will be the century’s longest total lunar eclipse with a whopping one hour and 43 minutes in totality.
“It starts with a partial eclipse at 7:24 p.m. The total eclipse begins at 8.30 pm, and ends at 10.13 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m. The partial eclipse ends at 11.19 p.m.,’’ he said.
A ‘blood moon’ happens when Earth’s moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown.
According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be fully visible in Lagos.
The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the moon turns red.
The Eclipse is expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until the eclipse ends around 12:30am of the 28th of July 2018.
The total Eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st century.
No other Lunar Eclipse will be as long as this in the century.
The moon is expected to turn reddish as against the familiar whitish appearance in the period of totality.
The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.
Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.