Blood Moon 2018 : The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Will Take Place At The End Of July

Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Will Take Place At The End Of July

For astronomy enthusiasts, July will be an exciting month as it will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. It will manifest itself in the night of July 27 to the morning of July 28. The eclipse is an event that does not happen often and many observers will be happy to release their telescopes and binoculars to admire the beauty of the moon which will take its most beautiful reddish pageantry that is called "Blood Moon" ".

What is a lunar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs if the Moon is in the shadow of the Earth or in other words, when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned or nearly so. For this phenomenon to occur, two conditions must be met:

1- The Moon must be full, that is to say it must be just behind the Earth,

2- The Moon must be close to one of the two points of intersection, called ascending node and lunar descending node.

There are three kinds of eclipse:

The penumbral eclipse
When the moon passes through the darkness of the Earth, the lunar surface may turn yellow a little.

The partial eclipse
When a part of the Moon enters the shadows.

The total eclipse
When the lunar surface is immersed for a moment in the shadow zone of the Earth. The Moon is thus dressed in a coppery hue, according to its alignment, Sun-Earth-Moon.

The next release of the lunar eclipse
According to Time and Date, the night of Friday, July 27, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, will see the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. According to the astronomers, the eclipse will last 103 minutes and only observers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be entitled to this duration of eclipse. During that night, she will be visible from France.

The particularity of this eclipse lies in the fact that the Moon will pass into the darkest region of the Earth, which will give it a coppery glow, even reddish, reason why it is called the "Bloody Moon". It will be the second eclipse of the year 2018 since the first date of January 31, with a duration of 1 hour 16 minutes. However, this first eclipse was not observable from France.

How will the eclipse of July 27, 2018 occur?
The Moon will reach its furthest point from the Earth in its orbit and thus its orbital speed will be slower. As a result, the full moon, small and remote, will take a longer time to cross the dark shadow of the Earth; that is why we will be witnessing the longest lunar eclipse.

This eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 56 seconds. It will begin at 19:30 (UTC) * and end at 21:13 (UTC), the maximum eclipse will occur at 20:21.

* UTC is coordinated universal time, which is a time scale, considered as the basis of international civil time by most countries of the world.

Where will the lunar eclipse of July 27, 2018 occur?

This eclipse will be visible in full in Africa and Central Asia, while in Europe, it will be observable during the first part of the night. From France, the eclipse can be seen partially and totally. Also, the partial eclipse will start around 21 hours 30 minutes and the total eclipse will be at its maximum around 22 hours 30 minutes.

To know what time the eclipse will occur, depending on where we are, just enter the name of the place on the Eclipse Map of Time and Date.

It is important to emphasize that during this night, the planet Mars will be considerably close to the Earth and will also be visible to the naked eye. Astronomers from the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to easily see Mars and the Copper Moon on July 27 and 28, 2018.

Unlike the solar eclipse, which is dangerous for the eyes if you observe it without adequate protection and able to stop 100% of the ultraviolet and infrared rays, the lunar eclipse remains, as for it, without danger and can be observed without special glasses.

The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century is Coming: How, Where and When to Watch It!

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