Longest lunar eclipse of the century

Eclipse 2018 Blood Moon and planet Earth

The eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, giving viewers a wonderful opportunity to experience the happening, according to Debiprosad Duari, Director, Research & Academic, MP Birla Planetarium, Kolkata.

The "blood moon" will be a much different view than the 2017 solar eclipse, which darkened the skies for a few minutes as the moon passed in front of the sun. However, the U.S. East Coast, Europe and most of South America and Africa were out of luck for the full eclipse, only getting a partial view. Solar eclipses are unsafe to watch without certified, special glasses, but lunar eclipses don't require special head gear. The totality, or when the earth's shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

This summer, two partial solar eclipses will take place on July 12 and August 11.

"After this period, the moon will remain partially eclipsed till 3:49 am of July 28".

EarthSky notes that the longest possible lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes.

The solar eclipse will have minimum effect in India as it will be partially visible.

During the July 27 total lunar eclipse, the moon has to pass through the central part of the Earth's shadow.

Mars close approaches happen about every 26 months, and is the point where Mars and Earth are closest to each other in their orbits around the Sun. The residents of planet Earth are going to witness yet another landmark event on July 27, 2018.

The problem is the once-in-a-lifetime lunar eclipse will not be visible in North America.

"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. That is why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse", Mr Duari said.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon's disk can take on a dramatically colourful appearance from bright orange to blood red and more rarely dark brown to very dark gray depending upon the part of the Eartha¿s shadow it will be passing through.

New Zealand does see the earlier stages of the eclipse, with the Moon entering the penumbra - or light shadow - at 5.14am and the umbra - dark shadow - at 6.24am. If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the moon occurs.

"Because it's the full moon, the Moon sets when the Sun rises".

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