Longest total lunar eclipse of the century to occur on July 27

Gwen Vasquez
July 29, 2018

On the intervening night of July 27-28, the Moon will be totally eclipsed for one hour, 43 minutes.

EarthSky notes that the longest possible lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Going forward, however, there will not be another total lunar eclipse longer than Friday's event until 2123, weather information website theweathernetwork.com said.

Primarily visible from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia, North Americans will have to sit this one out.

For a total lunar eclipse to happen, the Moon must be full, which means it is directly opposite the Sun, with Earth in between.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth.

It is well known that a lunar eclipse occurs only during full moon when the Moon appears fully illuminated from the Earth.

Because the moon is usually not perfectly aligned with the Sun and the Earth, we do not get lunar eclipses each lunar period.

The next total lunar eclipse in the United Kingdom will take place on January 19, 2019. "You don't really need telescopes to view a lunar eclipse, but we will be arranging a six-inch and 11-inch Celestron telescopes for better viewing", KSSTM director Arul Jerald Prakash said.

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"The best vantage points to see the eclipse will be the Indian Ocean, Central Asia and most parts of East and South Africa". According to Nasa, the moon often turns reddish during totality because the sunlight bending through earth's atmosphere during sunsets and sunrises are then reflected onto the moon.

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Eskimos always turn their utensils upside down during the time of a lunar eclipse.

It is better to go outside at different times throughout the night on July 27 to catch every stage of the eclipse.

"Sometimes, the moon passes through the lighter part of Earth's shadow, causing a penumbral eclipse and total eclipse occur when the Earth completely block Sun rays from reaching the moon", he said. One study even showed that there was probably still ice or water trapped within the Moon's interior at the lunar poles - but the new study suggests that there could have been a significant amount of water on the surface of the Moon; many moons ago, so to speak.

Astronomy enthusiasts are now anxious to know whether or not another lunar eclipse Blood Moon is looming just over the horizon.

On Saturday morning, Kiwis will be able to see an eclipsed Moon and the Sun in the sky at the same time.

When you live in a city, the trick is to find the biggest bit of sky you can, or get up as high as you can above the rooftops.

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