Longest total lunar eclipse of 21st century


Viewers in the Middle East, eastern Africa, southern Asia and India will be in prime position to witness the entire eclipse. This is why a total lunar eclipse is often referred to as a "blood moon". A period of complete eclipse, known as "totality", will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. ET.

This is thanks to the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, which is set to go down July 27.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is now predicting patchy cloud but due to the length of this eclipse most people should be able to catch a glimpse at the very least.

And since the planet will also be the closest to Earth as its been in more than a decade, it will appear relatively big and bright in the night sky if you look to the south. First, there will be a total lunar eclipse and although uncommon, this one is special because it's going to last a lot longer than usual - in fact the longest this century.

Not to be confused with a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, blocking the sun's light, the moon is not turned black but instead appears to turn red. Most eclipses last less than one hour, sometimes even 15-20 minutes only so this will be a spectacle. "About an hour later, the partial phase will begin at 2.24am when the moon begins to be covered by the dark Earth's shadow, the Umbra", he said. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The team will livestream the blood moon lunar eclipse as seen over Palatine Hill, an ancient part of Rome, Italy; it'll face the Colosseum. It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live.

The event is co-organised by the Survey Department of the Ministry of Development, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali and the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam. The brighter Mars will remain very close to the eclipsed Moon in the sky on July 27-28 and can be spotted very easily with the naked eye, the statement said. The partial eclipse ends at 4:19 p.m. We won't get to see such a long lunar eclipse again until June 9, 2123, said a National Geographic report. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon. Patient spectators may also catch a glimpse of the Blood Moon, caused by the little moonlight that gets refracted due to earth's atmosphere.