Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Longest complete lunar eclipse of this century

Longest complete lunar eclipse of this century

The subsequent partial eclipse will end at 3.49 am, and the moon will move out of the Earth's penumbral shadow by 4.58 am on Saturday. In metro cities, space enthusiasts may miss out on watching the moon being eclipsed due to pollution.

However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

Brown said: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian.

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse. The next supermoon total lunar eclipse won't be until January 21, 2019, but today's historic eclipse will be "super" in its own right, as it will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the century.

During the total lunar eclipse, the Moon turns blood red but how this phenomenon happens.

"It is a very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night", said Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse from the Mediterranean Sea.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

This will be the second and last lunar eclipse of 2018.

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

This will cause a dark red glow to emit from the Moon. However, there still is a way using which it is possible to view the "blood moon" - live stream on YouTube.

This still from a NASA video shows a blood moon.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes". This is why a total lunar eclipse is often referred to as a "blood moon". The Earth's shadow appears red because of its atmosphere. Amateur astronomers have also volunteered to guide people tonight about the eclipse, according to local media. You can tune it at the eclipse timings and watch the entire event without any interruptions. This will make the Red Planet appear slightly larger, but most notably brighter in the sky.

"That's the special thing about this one, and why it's such an unusual one, and translates into it being the longest possible lunar eclipse".

Theresa May takes personal control of Brexit negotiations
The key element of the withdrawal package is the future relationship Britain and the European Union agree to seek. It must listen to senior figures, including the architect of the Belfast Agreement, David Trimble.

Like this: