How to watch the July 2018 "blood moon" online

Mindy Sparks
August 2, 2018

However, the total lunar eclipse will last for an hour and 43 minutes. Just before the lunar eclipse event, the moon reached its apogee, its farthest point from Earth.

People gather as they wait for the sun to go down and the appearance of the "Blood moon" in Berlin on July 27, 2018.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also the blood moon.

The "blood moon" effect is created due to light passing through Earth's atmosphere, which scatters blue light, meaning the moon turns a reddish colour.

However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123. The fact that the moon appeared so small and took longer to pass through Earth's shadow was also why the eclipse lasted longer.


Although the lunar event starts at 3:30 pm EST and lasts until 5:13 pm EST today, you're at least going to want to make time in your schedule to catch today's lunar eclipse around 4:21 pm EST.

A lunar Eclipse in the sky can be observed with the naked eye from all over the world. That's how it gets the dramatic-sounding "blood moon" nickname. Watch CBSN's live stream of the coverage of the eclipse from Johannesburg and around the world in the player above.

Those on social media were at least able to see the amusing side, putting the internet's bank of gifs to good use to explain their frustration. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

For this eclipse, Diego says skywatchers can expect to see a "bright red-orange moon".

People may have missed the moon eclipse, but were treated to a spectacular sunrise.

"The Earth doesn't rotate far enough this time around for anyone in North America - the United States and Alaska - to see the eclipse but there are other eclipses that we don't see, there's always a little bit of the Earth that misses out". Stargazers will enjoy a rare celestial display when, on the same night, Mars will shine brighter than it has in 15 years.

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