The Century's Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month

Eclipse 2018 Blood Moon and planet Earth

You'll be able to see the longest total eclipse of the 21rst century this month, and Mars will be the brightest its been in 15 years.

The full blood moon lunar eclipse will take place on July 27, 2018, so keep peeling your eyes in the starting hours of that night and 28th.During glasses, the natural satellite of the Earth will turn red because our planet exposes light from the sun, which usually appears in the bright moon, which we see in the night sky. These three factors are what have lengthened the duration of July's eclipse to 1 hour and 43 minutes, which NASA estimates will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Those will be visible from Australia (July) and parts of Europe and Asia (August). Following this, the eclipse will fall below the horizon.

If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the moon occurs. Solar eclipses are typically only seen by a small selection of the earth's population because the shadow cast by the moon is comparatively smaller than that cast by the earth.

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The eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, giving viewers a wonderful opportunity to experience the happening, according to Debiprosad Duari, Director, Research & Academic, MP Birla Planetarium, Kolkata.

Prepare, because this summer, we'll have the possibility to meet with a total lunar eclipse.

Earlier this year, the world got a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse on January 31.

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"It was widely known as Super Blue Blood Moon as it was a so-called supermoon, when a Moon appears extra big and bright being closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit". It was also the second full moon of the month, which is referred to as a blue moon. The best view will be on the West Coast. The longest possible total lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes. Now, eclipse-chasers can tune in for a rare lunar version later this month. According to the Conversation, Babylonian scholars once thought lunar eclipses were a sign of bad fortune coming to the king.

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.

July will also see Mars make a close approach, reaching the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. Solar eclipses are risky to watch without certified, special glasses, but lunar eclipses don't require special head gear.

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Explaining the celestial phenomenon, Mr Duari said a lunar eclipse takes place only at full moon.

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