Friday, 21 September, 2018


Longest lunar eclipse on July 27

Kristine Garrett | 05 July, 2018, 20:17

At the end of July, the moon gazers will have a new treat because a splendid full "blooded moon" lunar eclipse which is going to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. A lunar eclipse, which occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon line up so that Earth's shadow is cast on the moon, always happens within two weeks of a solar eclipse; in this case, there will be partial solar eclipses on July 12 and August 11.

The total phase of this Blood Moon eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes.

"The next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, will be only for one hour and two minutes because it will pass to the north of the shadow's centre", Duari added.

So far, in 2018, we have seen many stunning astronomical events including Super Blue Blood moon in January and an extraordinary astronomical alignment in June.

While Eastern Africa and Central Asia will be fortunate enough to have complete visibility of this historic moment, Australia will have partial visibility. The moon is expected to turn fully dark at around 2:30 p.m.

Scientists and astronomers advise that it is risky to see solar eclipse through naked eyes and it can also damage the vision. "It will be a golden opportunity for celestial enthusiasts in India as the eclipse will be visible nearly throughout the night", he said.

In India, the partial eclipse will begin on July 13 at 07:18 am and the last location to see the partial eclipse would be at 08:13 am.

If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the moon occurs.

To have an opportunity to view a planet so near...well let's just say it will be more spectacular than any eclipse!

Not only are total lunar eclipses attractive, but they have the added benefit of being safe.

Therefore, passing through the shadows will take more time so that the eclipse is visible for long periods. Not only was it an eclipse, but it became a Super Blue Blood Moon because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month. One can use eye protection like sunglasses, x-ray film or special eclipse glasses to witness the eclipse.

On July 31st, Mars will be at only 57.6 million kilometers away from Earth, its closest point to our planet in its orbit around the Sun. "One does not need a telescope to watch the eclipse, though a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience". But during a lunar eclipse, the glow of the moon has a much less intense brightness than the sun.

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