Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

Chandra Grahan 2018 Date And Timing In India And The Significance Of The Lunar Eclipse

On Friday, July 27, the moon will colour red in the Netherlands, as the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century occurs. Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000 for total duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on June 15, 2011 for totality duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.

The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

The next total lunar eclipse visible in the US will be on January 21, 2019, according to NASA, and will occur during a super moon. It is known that the total lunar eclipse will be visible in cities including Delhi, Pune and Mumbai among others.

The eclipse will be visible from Central Asia and Eastern Africa with reduced visibility in Europe, Western Africa, South America and parts of Southeast Asia and Australia.

During the eclipse, the moon will appear red, giving it the nickname "blood moon". "If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun", said Tucker, reported news agency ANI citing CNN. The moon will appear slightly smaller because it is farther from the Earth.

It's a good time for Americans to start getting excited about the moon, as NASA will begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the the spaceflight that made astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first two people on the moon, in October, Petro said.

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Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.

So where can you see the total lunar eclipse?

He explains "So the Lord said "you need to go check it out" and I did and I found out it's the longest Blood Moon of the century".

So the Moon during the Eclipse can be red, brown, copper-red or even orange.

Tune in starting at 2:24p.m. (Jacksonville time) to see the partial eclipse.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the lunar eclipse will begin in the wee hours of July 28 morning. The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth. The entire USA won't be able to see a full lunar eclipse again until January. Contrary to belief, Lunar Eclipse can be seen by the naked eye, and people won't have to use a special equipment and/or glasses to watch the moon.

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