Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at Cambridge University, explained that light from the sun goes through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon.
Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place. In Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, people at an open-air restaurant admired a rare clear view during the rainy season, comparing a live NASA webcast to what they saw above.
In a rare celestial display, a red moon will rise above the horizon tomorrow, July 27, in the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century. "Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown ... as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange". During the eclipse, the Earth will be moving directly between the Sun and the Moon.
Most of the world got to see a spectacular event in the sky Friday.
The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123.
There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the mission that sent the first humans to the moon.
This visibility of the lunar eclipse in India is expected to be pretty good but cloudy sky and inclement weather are likely to hurt the chances of being able to watch the phenomenon.
Skywatchers around much of the world have sought a glimpse of a complete lunar eclipse that was the longest of this century. Some light, though, still reaches it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.
In Britain, for example, the lunar eclipse lasted throughout the evening, beginning when the moon rose at 8:50 p.m.
Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one is extra special because it's also the blood moon.
People in the Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Africa witnessed the celestial phenomenon between sunset and midnight, while those in Australia and eastern Asia saw the eclipse between midnight and dawn. Additionally, Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best.
During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.