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Are You Ready to See the Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century?

05 July 2018

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is set to dazzle most of the world, except the US, just shy of a year after the 2017 solar eclipse created a path of totality across America. Whenever the sun, earth and moon come in a ideal straight line, as the sun's rays falls on the earth, its shadow falls onto a patch of space, and only when, moon enters that patch of shadow can we see a lunar eclipse.

The Blood Moon eclipse will clock in at a whopping one hour and 43 minutes - nearly 40 minutes longer than the January eclipse.

"The next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, will be only for one hour and two minutes because it will pass to the north of the shadow's centre", Duari added.

"Blood moon" is a non-scientific term used to refer to the red tinge on a fully eclipsed moon.

The U.S. will miss out again with this upcoming celestial phenomenon, as it will be visible in one of the other five continents. 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.

The scientist said that at 1.52 am on July 28, the moon would look the darkest and it would continue till 2:43 am.

During opposition the planet will bask in direct sunlight, making it incredibly easy to spot among the stars with the naked eye.

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Dubai is all set to witness a total lunar eclipse on the night of July 27, an observatory in Dubai announced. Eastern). The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the total eclipse, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC (4:22 p.m.

In India, the partial eclipse will begin on July 13 at 07:18 am and the last location to see the partial eclipse would be at 08:13 am.

Protective eyewear was recommended during the solar eclipse to protect people's eyes from the bright light of the sun.

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The moon appeared very large and bright on the second full moon in January.

According to Dr. Amanda Bosh, a professor of astronomy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the moon will be at its furthest point from earth, called the apogee, during the eclipse.

Twice a month the moon lines up directly with the sun on ether side of the planet - the full moon and the new moon.

Explaining the celestial phenomenon, Duari said a lunar eclipse takes place only at full moon. "One does not need a telescope to watch the eclipse, although a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience", Duarisaid.

Are You Ready to See the Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century?