Longest lunar eclipse of the century: What you should know
An overview of what you need to know about the longest lunar eclipse of the century, the ‘blood moon’ eclipse, and why do you have to travel to see it.
A lunar eclipse is nothing unusual. Most of the time. But the one due on the 28th of July is something else. It will fall under the Earth’s shadow for four hours.
The solar eclipse, when the veil of the Earth in the shadow of all black, what else would the Moon’s silvery surface — will last one hour and 43 minutes.
That makes it the longest lunar eclipse to be experienced this century.
And most of the world gets to see.
While the best view of east Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe and Asia, Australia will not miss out.
The moon will be low on our horizon as it starts to get dark.
And it will, while fully immersed in a dull-red stain.
This is because the sunlight reaches the moon is reflected off of the upper layers of the atmosphere of the regions with a sunset or sunrise. And just as these daily events are accompanied by the reddish tones of broken sunlight, that is what will reach the moon.
Lunar eclipses in general much longer than their solar counterpart. The shadow of the moon is much smaller than that produced by our own planet.
The result is generally that a solar eclipse is only seen by a relatively few who fall under the moon is the masking of the orb. But in the night-time transformation of the moon into a bloody red orb can be seen by anyone on the Earth below, while the night is.
A super blue blood moon earlier this year earned her alluring name by a series of coincidences. It was closer to the Earth than usual (not that you would notice). It was also the second full moon in the month (an artifact of our Gregorian calendar).
But it was red. And that makes it spooky.
This time around, the moon is in apogee — the farthest point in the orbit of the Earth. This means that passing through the space at a point where the cone of Earth’s shadow is wider, making the eclipse last longer.
According to NASA, the one-hour 43-minute duration is only four minutes out of the maximum possible duration.
This story was previously published in the news.com.au.