Longest Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date & timings

The Longest total lunar eclipse of this century with a time duration of 1 hour and 43 minutes is about to take place on 27th July 2018. It will be on the intervening night of July 27th & 28th.

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Lunar Eclipse

As we studied in school, a lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its Shadow. During the total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the Moon surface has been refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. This refracted light appears reddish. Because of this reddish Light, it is also known as the blood moon.

There is special significance for Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse in the Hindu calendar. They have profound religious meaning.

The world witnessed the first lunar eclipse of the Year on 31st January, where the moon much bigger in size and appeared red.  A blue moon and a blood moon coincided for the first time in 152 years.

On July 27th, it will be once in a lifetime opportunity to get a glimpse of the blood moon.

Blood Moon will be seen in

The blood moon will be visible in the Eastern Hemisphere including Eastern Africa and Central Asia. Penumbral Phase (initial stage) can watch in India.

Sun and Mars will come opposite to each other with Earth in the middle on 27th July, result Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn till the July end.

Image Credit: Indian Express

Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible at:

At 22.44 IST on July 27th, the Penumbral Eclipse begins. The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 23.54 IST on July 27th. After that Earth’s Shadow covered Moon gradually and totality phase will begin at 1h 00m IST on July 28th.

The total lunar eclipse will last up to 2h 43m IST on July 28th. After that Moon will start to gradually come out of the Earth’s Shadow. At 3h 49m IST on July 28th partial eclipse will end.

The eclipse will be visible in all parts of India. It will be visible in the regions covering Australia, Asia, Russia - except the northern part, Africa, Europe, east of South America and Antarctica. It will be visible in all parts of India.



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