Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse

Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse

The total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27-28 and will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, with 66-minute partial eclipses before and after. This eclipse, however, will last a full 40 minutes longer.

It will also be viewable from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

The total lunar eclipse will follow the super blue blood moon of January 31, which too was a once-in-a-lifetime event when a supermoon, lunar eclipse and blue moon combine together at the same time.

The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible to us in the United States will be early next year, January 20-21.

"As an ardent skywatcher who derives much pleasure from handsome events like lunar eclipses, it saddens me that there are "prophets of doom" in the world who view these life-enriching events as portents of disaster", Geoffrey Gaherty, a writer for Starry Night Education, told the publication. Weather permitting, this will give skywatchers a great view of the Red Planet alongside a glowing red moon. That's because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon's surface. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the main event. But if you're not awake, don't worry: You can still check it out after the sun sets around 8:05 p.m. ET.

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In exactly a month, if we are lucky and there is no thick cloud cover, we may have a chance to see a blood moon once again, as the "largest lunar eclipse this century" is expected to be witnessed on July 27, 2018. There will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra.

This lunar eclipse is so long because of the day it falls on.

According to Earth Sky, for an eclipse to last as long as this one, the moon has to pass through the center of the Earth's shadow where it is the widest.

Additionally, the moon will be at a farther point from Earth along its orbit, EarthSky pointed out.

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