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LUNAR ECLIPSE: ‘Nigerians can see blood moon tomorrow from 6:44pm to 9:21pm’

Valentine Chinyem

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The much anticipated lunar eclipse also known as ‘blood moon’ will take over Nigerian skies tomorrow, Friday July 27, between 6:44pm to 9:21pm.

Although the total lunar eclispe would be fully visible in Lagos, other states too may experience it partially.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s innermost shadow. The phenomenon makes the moon turn deep red or dark orange in color, which is how it earned the name, ‘blood moon’ eclipse.

A blood moon may only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

Apart from a cloud-free weather, no special equipment or glasses are needed to view a total lunar eclipse, as is required for a solar eclipse.

Friday’s lunar eclipse would be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The total phase of the eclipse is expected to last for 1 hour, 43 minutes, while the entire eclipse, including the partial phases, will last for over 6 hours.

Many countries are expected to experience this great phenomenon tomorrow.

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