This month's 'blood moon' eclipse to be the longest of the century

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CBS News reported this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century, and it will be viewable from multiple continents - including most of Africa.

The partial eclipse of the moon would start at 11:54 pm Indian Standard Time on July 27 and the total eclipse would begin at 1 am on July 28, Mr Duari said. The totality, or when the earth's shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes. People in the United States lucked out with last year's total solar eclipse - partial eclipses simply don't have the same effect - but this doesn't mean they can't enjoy this year's lunar phenomenon. In a solar eclipse, the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun.

What is a total lunar eclipse? The eclipse will be partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes.


The Moon will turn a red or ruddy-brown color during the "blood moon eclipse", Space.com reports. "The previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018, didn't last as long (1 hour and 16 minutes) because the moon passed to the south of shadow's center; and the next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, won't be as long either (1 hour and 2 minutes) because it'll pass to the north of the shadow's center". "We will actually be able to see the total eclipse as the Moon is setting, and the Moon will set in total eclipse, which will be a real cool view", says Ian. According to the Conversation, Babylonian scholars once thought lunar eclipses were a sign of bad fortune coming to the king.

"It was widely known as Super Blue Blood Moon as it was a so-called supermoon, when a Moon appears extra big and bright being closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit".

According to Dr. Amanda Bosh, a professor of astronomy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the moon will be at its furthest point from earth, called the apogee, during the eclipse. Now, eclipse-chasers can tune in for a rare lunar version later this month. It was also the second full moon of the month, which is referred to as a blue moon. Normally, the sun's beaming light reflects off the moon (which is what makes it glow at night).


When is the best time to see the 2018 total lunar eclipse?

"Special filters are required to protect our eyes like those used for watching solar eclipses".

Dr. Bosh recommends going outside at different times throughout the night on July 27 to catch every stage of the eclipse.

Scientists and astronomers advise that it is unsafe to see solar eclipse through naked eyes and it can also damage the vision.


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