Longest total lunar eclipse in a century on Friday

Katie Ramirez
July 29, 2018

The total duration of the eclipse will be six hours and 14 minutes. The first lunar eclipse, a "super blood moon" occurred on January 31.

While neither "super" nor "blue", the Blood Micro Moon eclipse will be the longest of the 21st century, lasting approximately 103 minutes.

State weather bureau PAGASA earlier said a total lunar eclipse will occur on July 28 and will be visible in the Philippines. The eclipse will be visible across wide swathes of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Lunar eclipse 2018 will occur on the late hours of July 27 early hours of July 28.

Steel said the colouration of this so-called "blood moon" - a spectacle shrouded in ancient superstition - was due to some sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the moon. During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

Like clockwork, a lunar eclipse is dictated by the heavenly movements of the sun, the Earth and the moon, which normally seem out of sync, but perfectly align for one special moment.

The partial eclipse phase will start at 9:24pm and the total eclipse phase will start at 10:30pm.

Astronomers predict that the partial lunar eclipse will end at around 6:19 a.m., but this is no longer visible as the moon will set at 5:44 a.m.

As commented by the National Center for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting, a successful observation of this rare lunar eclipse, along with the blood moon, requires the absolutely clear sky.

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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".

Is it safe to watch the lunar eclipse? It will occur on July 27 and it going to be unique.

Sky watchers in much of the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the awe-inspiring astronomical event, however observers in North America will miss out.

In the United Kingdom, the Blood Moon will already appear eclipsed when it peaks over the horizon sometime around 8.50pm BST.

The two planets will be just 57.6 million km apart on July 31, while Mars will appear brightest on July 27-30, making it easier to be seen with telescope or the naked eye. While some tabloids have predicted the lunar eclipse will mean some tragic event or even the end of the world, there is not cause for concern.

As if that was not enough, sky-watchers should get a glorious view of Jupiter in the south-west and have a chance of catching the International Space Station (ISS) sailing overhead.

At that time, it'll look like the moon has changed color in dramatic fashion, which is why a lunar eclipse is sometimes known as a "blood moon".

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