Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Longest Lunar Eclipse Of the Century To Appear On 27th July

Longest Lunar Eclipse Of the Century To Appear On 27th July

Across Australia everyone will see the moon enter Earth's shadow at the exact same moment but those in Western Australia are the only ones who will be able to watch the entirety of the eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible in parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

According to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (Assa)‚ it will be the longest lunar eclipse this century - and will last from 8.24pm to just after midnight.

In those areas, the totality of the lunar eclipse - when the moon will retain its red color - will last for about an hour and 42 minutes. During a total lunar eclipse, the earth blocks direct sunlight reaching the moon.

While we typically experience between one and four lunar eclipses every year, this week's will be remarkably rare. Its appearance near the blood moon after sunset will give viewers a double vision in red. It's only when our planet Earth is in the way of the sun and we're looking at the moon, which is blocked from the sun by our Earth, that we see the BLOOD MOON. It should be visible in Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, etc, but the weather forecast will end up playing a role in this. Then sit comfortably & meditatively watch the changing interplay of Light & Shadow on the Moon & around you for the duration of the Eclipse. This one will be visible for almost four hours, as the moon passes through the centre of Earth's shadow.

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The first part or phase of lunar eclipse will see the moon fall under the earth's shadow.

"As the Dundee Law is the highest point in the city, you are bound to get great views of the total lunar eclipse". That's how it gets the dramatic-sounding "blood moon" nickname. While the naysayers might kvetch about the hype over things like eclipses and super moons, I say let them. It'll start around 1:14 p.m.

Though the United States won't see a lunar eclipse, the moon will still be full and appear reddish/orange Friday evening.

An opposition can occur anywhere in the planet's orbit and when it happens while Mars is at its closest to the sun, the event is known as perihelic opposition. The eclipse will be visible with the naked eye. Only North America misses the show this time.

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