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Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century on Friday

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century on Friday”

According to specialists, the eclipse of July 27, 2018 is termed the longest lunar eclipse of the twenty-first century, because it should last about 103 minutes.

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth moves directly between the sun and the moon.

A "blood moon", meanwhile, gets its name from the reddish hue it turns when the moon passes through the earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse.

The world is about to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of this century on July 27, 2018. The shadow cast by the moon is much smaller than that produced by our own planet.

Taken together, this celestial event will last about an hour and 43 minutes, but a partial Eclipse before and after totality will last an hour and six minutes. Eastern time, according to Space.com.

A lunar eclipse only occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned when our planet's satellite passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow). Meanwhile, viewers in Europe are reasonably well-positioned to see the lunar eclipse - you'll likely see a partial Blood Moon - but those located in North Africa won't be able to watch (other than through webcasts). "The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm". When this happens, Earth blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon.

The closest this lunar eclipse will come to happening to the contiguous United States will be the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico!

For those who want to see the lunar eclipse in its full glory, Petro suggested that they should rent a boat and take it to the middle of the Indian Ocean. Sorry, North America, you'll need to watch online instead. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

This is only four minutes short of the longest possible duration for a total lunar eclipse, which is one hour and 47 minutes. Underneath the moon to the right, Mars will be visible to the naked eye. A Mars opposition is when the Earth lies between Mars and the sun, making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth.



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