By Yasmeen Badawy
The longest lunar eclipse is about to take over the world tomorrow and we are waiting in anticipation to see how the “Super Blood Moon” will look like. Tomorrow, the lunar eclipse will supposedly last one hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds. According to NASA, a partial eclipse will proceed and follow which means the moon will spend a total of three hours and 54 minutes in the earth’s umbral shadow.
For those in the Middle East, the eclipse will be visible between sunset and midnight on July 27. In Egypt, specifically, it will be visible around 10:30pm on Friday. The full moon will rise with a deep red color and the world will then experience a blood moon or, as astronomers term it, a total lunar eclipse. Andrew Fabian, Professor of Astronomy, at University of Cambridge said “It’s called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the earth’s atmosphere on its way to the moon and the earth’s atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red.”
According to Reuters, the same day, Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to earth, so observers may be able to see what looks like an orange-red star which is in fact the so called red planet. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123. So, if you’re still thinking whether you should go see it or not, you should definitely go because it’s a once in a lifetime thing.