We are lucky enough to witness or rather see the longest total lunar eclipse of the century! A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, the earth, and the sun are in a line, and a shadow of the earth is cast on the moon. This is why a total lunar eclipse is also referred to as a ‘blood moon’. The moon appears reddish-brown because of the shadow!
Setting aside the hysterical explanations of the eclipses, we get you to the essentials. The eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018.
The ‘blood moon’ eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes.
While the complete celestial event will last for 4 hours approximately. The moon, earth’s natural satellite will look a red or ruddy-brown in color. According to Space.com, the total eclipse will last from 3:30 p.m. to 5:13 p.m. EDT (1930 to 2113 GMT).
North America will only be able to see the eclipse via webcasts!
But, it will be a delight to eyes in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
You will not need any special equipments to observe the lunar eclipse, unlike solar eclipse!
Lunar eclipses can be easily savored with the naked eye or binoculars or telescope.
Why does the moon appear reddish or brown?
The moon does not go completely dark despite the shadow and it happens because there is sunlight refracted from the earth’s atmosphere which falls on the moon and results in a reddish hue.
Why is it the longest lunar eclipse of the century?
The duration of the eclipse depends on the position of the moon as it passes through the Earth’s shadow. In this lunar eclipse, the moon is passing closer to the center of the cone (umbra – the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, in the form of a cone). This is why the ‘blood moon’ is longer and the longest, too.
Although this is the longest of the century, when can you expect the next lunar eclipse?
January 21, 2019, is the date to be marked for a lunar eclipse of the future. It will be visible from North America and will favor mostly the West Coast. The duration of the eclipse will be 1 hour and 2 minutes.