Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

The eclipse will be visible from Central Asia and Eastern Africa with reduced visibility in Europe, Western Africa, South America and parts of Southeast Asia and Australia. The lunar passage will mark the total eclipse of the moon - a celestial event which happens about twice a year on an average.

Lunar eclipses typically occur only during a full moon, however on this instance the moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and earth, also known as the blood moon.

Instead of going dark, the way the sunlight refracts around the Earth gives the moon a red colour as some of the sunlight entering Earth's atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon behind.

A partial lunar eclipse - which looks "like someone took a bite out of the moon - will also be visible in the July 2019, Petro said". Dr Brown said: "The UK will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon". Here are the timings to watch Lunar Eclipse in India on July 27, 2018.

A NASA image of a "blood moon" blushing red. If the summer weather cooperates, the eclipse will be visible from the Netherlands. To compare, it falls just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time a lunar eclipse could last.

"It will last several hours - when you get a real feeling of the Earth and moon shifting in space", astronomer Tom Kerss, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which will live stream the eclipse, told The Guardian. It will take nearly two hours before the moon returns to normal. Contrary to belief, Lunar Eclipse can be seen by the naked eye, and people won't have to use a special equipment and/or glasses to watch the moon. According to specialists, this event will be the longest of the century and will be accompanied by another spectacular phenomenon: the appearance of a "red moon".

This particular eclipse will be the longest because it's happening at the same time the moon hits its apogee, which is the farthest point from Earth in the moon's orbit, according to EarthSky. However, Indians won't be fortunate in light of the continuous rainstorm season in the nation which may make the moon be eclipse from seeing.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon appears to be red because it lines up perfectly with the Earth and sun such that the Earth's shadow totally blocks the sun's light.

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