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Century’s longest total lunar eclipse on July 27

05 July 2018

Unfortunately, the United States will, again, lose a great opportunity to see this up and coming phenomenon, so on the off chance that you want to see the longest lunar eclipse of the century, you'll need to go to one of the other five continents, from which you could see it perfectly. On July 27, a lunar eclipse will be fully visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes.

"Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total will be entirely visible from all parts of the country", he was quoted as saying. But you may have to travel to see it since the eclipse will only be visible in parts of South America, much of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. During those dates, it will be at its brightest in the sky and will even be visible to the naked eye. Solar eclipses are risky to watch without certified, special glasses, but lunar eclipses don't require special head gear.

Two partial solar eclipses will also take place on 12 July and 11 August 2018.

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

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

Not only are total lunar eclipses handsome, but they have the added benefit of being safe.

On July 31st, Mars will be at only 57.6 million kilometers away from Earth, its closest point to our planet in its orbit around the Sun. During the eclipse, when the moon passes through the shadow cast by Earth, the moon will take on a deep red to orange colour rather than completely disappear from sight.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

The full moon would plunge deeply into the Earth's shadow on the night of July 27-28 when the distance of the Moon from the Earth just before the eclipse would be around 406,223 kilometres, he said.

The blood moon is also supposed to herald the end of times (boo!), according to some doomsday prophets.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the entire Moon enters Earth's shadow.

The previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes when the moon passed to the south of shadow's centre; and the next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 will be only for 1 hour and 2 minutes because it'll pass to the north of the shadow's centre. The moon appeared very large and bright on the second full moon in January.

Twice a month the moon lines up directly with the sun on ether side of the planet - the full moon and the new moon. "That's why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse", Duari said.

Century’s longest total lunar eclipse on July 27