Ritual Dance By Bawku Residents Heralds Lunar Eclipse

Ismael LynchJul 29, 2018

The most extravagant part about a total lunar eclipse is that when the moon is fully in Earth's shadow it turns red, earning the nickname of "Blood moon". The total duration of the three stages of the eclipse will be longest in Santa Maria di Leuca, in the province of Lecce, Puglia (where it will last 5 hours 32 minutes and 32 seconds) and shortest in Courmayeur, Valle d'Aosta (4 hours 28 minutes and 50 seconds).

Kenyans witnessed the rare occurrence by simply looking in the sky, with the only limitation being cloud cover in some parts of the country.

Saturday's total lunar eclipse was the longest of this century.

Rain and cloudy skies could prevent sky gazers from watching Friday's lunar eclipse in Delhi, the city's Nehru Planetarium has said.

"The earth's atmosphere then turns the light red in the same way that the sun appears when it is going down", Prof Fabian said. As for whether you can actually see the blood moon, that's another story.

A lunar eclipse took place on January 31, 2018, but it was not from the UK. The sun, Earth and Mars directly align in what scientists call "Mars opposition" beginning Friday, with the red planet being the closest it's been in 15 years on Tuesday.

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it.

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon, which turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson in the shadow.

Tshwane residents hope for a cloudless night tonight for a clear view of the lunar eclipse. They perform cleansing ritual and pregnant women are not supposed to eat or do household work at the of lunar eclipse. The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow-so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse. It was also a "mini-moon" because the moon was the farthest from Earth and appears small. "If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun". The bright planets, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, in a line in the sky will appear as if in a Great Planetary Parade. The Penumbra Eclipse ended at 7.28am but was no longer visible as the moon was already below the horizon.

Not all the lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show. But they must clock 72 years to observe the eclipse.

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