Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Longest Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018

Longest Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through the umbra - the darkest part of the Earth's shadow - and take on a red glow.

On the night of the total lunar eclipse, Mars and the moon will be roughly six degrees apart in the night sky.

"Every couple of years or so, the Earth overtakes Mars on the inside as it orbits the Sun, so Mars is closest to us".

"We have to wait for the moon to rise a little above the horizon to be able to see it, with the beginning of the eclipse taking place before the moon rises", Descamps said, adding that in French territories such as Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean the whole of the eclipse will be visible from beginning to end.

And of course, even those not in the path of the lunar eclipse can enjoy the full moon. "This red tint comes from a filtering effect of the Earth's the intensity of the coloring will depend on the state of the atmosphere".

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Longest Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018

It will be visible from the time the moon appears around 9pm in the UK. But it won't be visible in Baltimore, or anywhere in North America.

During the total eclipse (which begins at 7:30 am, NZST) the Moon is much fainter than it usually appears, and is coloured between dark brown and blood red, leading to various superstitions about the "Blood Moon".

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse.

"Totality will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century!" the Royal Astronomical Society said.

The eclipse will last for about four hours and will be visible across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Middle East and Australia.

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"The Moon is passing very close to the center of Earth's shadow, so it is passing on a chord that nearly equals the full diameter of the shadow", said Steve Edberg, a recently retired astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge.

Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar event can be viewed without wearing protective eye gear.

Sky-watchers will also be able to see Mars burning brightly in the sky, looking like an orange-red star.

Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3h 49m IST on July 28.

The Moon will pass right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point.

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The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123.

Klus said she was frustrated as many people seem unaware what causes the "blood moon", or that the phenomenon was not astronomically mysterious.

The moon appears red (rather than in complete darkness) due to blue light from the earth's atmosphere refracting sunlight onto the surface of the moon.

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