Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century on Friday

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The century's longest lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, but it will not be visible in North America.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, completely blocking direct sunlight from reaching the moon, which gives the moon an orange/red hue that earns it the moniker of a "blood moon". However, only people in certain areas will be able to view the eclipse from start to finish.

The lunar eclipse will end at 11.14pm, with a total duration of one hour and 42 minutes. For this eclipse, the moon will pass closer to the centre of that cone, and therefore it would take it a little longer than the one that had happened just in January. And that is why it's also known as the blood moon.

Thai PBS reports that the total phase of the eclipse - called the totality, when the earth blocks out all light from the sun falling on the moon - will span 1 hour and 43 minutes. According to Earthsky.org, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon. However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

Finally, contrary to solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be viewed without any eye protection.

The longest lunar eclipse this century is on the way Friday, according to NASA, but those of us who live in the United States won't get to see it.

According to the reports in ANI, the moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and the earth, with the moon in the middle of the earth and the sun.

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Stargazers around the world-with the exception of North America-will be able to catch at least a partial glimpse of the July 2018 lunar eclipse during the almost four hours it will be visible in the sky.

After this, you will witness the next lunar eclipse on December 31, 2028.

"The moon is always in ideal line with the Sun and the Earth, so we don't get a lunar Eclipse in every lunar cycle, said brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Research school of astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian national University".

South Africa's next total lunar eclipse is early morning of 16 May 2022.

He pointed out that the moon's appearance greatly depended on atmospheric conditions around the Earth at the time of the eclipse.

It happens when Earth casts its shadow onto the lunar surface as it passes between the sun and moon. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

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