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Longest total lunar eclipse of 21st century on July 27

Sandra Phillips | 05 July, 2018, 20:05

For a total lunar eclipse of a long duration to occur, the moon has to pass through the central part of the Earth's shadow.

Unlike solar eclipses like last year's much-hyped summer spectacular, in which the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun from view, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the moon and the sun, obscuring the moon from the sun's illumination.

During the lunar eclipse, the full moon will be filtered by the sunlight and refracted by the atmosphere of the Earth, which will be red ting.According to Space.com, the total phase of the blood moon eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes, although the entire epic event will last about four hours.

A look at what you need to know about the longest lunar eclipse of the century, the "blood moon" eclipse, and why you may have to travel to see it. The total lunar eclipse will display a "blood moon" phenomena in all its glory, and you can read about the whys, where and when of what that is in this article from the Inquisitr.

The U.S. will miss out again with this upcoming celestial phenomenon, as it will be visible in one of the other five continents.

"Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total will be entirely visible from all parts of the country", he was quoted as saying.

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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. "It will be a golden opportunity for celestial enthusiasts in India as the eclipse will be visible nearly throughout the night", he said.

This was the reason a totally eclipsed Moon, at times, was called as Blood Moon. One can use eye protection like sunglasses, x-ray film or special eclipse glasses to witness the eclipse.

But what about the total lunar eclipse at the end of the month? The best time to watch will be at 9:20 when the maximum eclipse will occur and the moon will come out from the shadow of the earth at around 11:20. According to NASA, on top of the reddish tint given to the moon from the eclipse, the moon was also very close to earth's orbit, making it appear larger and brighter.

But on the night of July 27, the Full Moon would be near its apogee, the farthest point from the Earth in its orbit around the Earth, and it would be the smallest full moon of the year. A blue moon is second full moon amid a calendar month.

Describing 2018, as a year of lunar eclipses, Duari said the last total lunar eclipse took place earlier this year on January 31.

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