Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse To Be Seen In India On July 27

World       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

At the end of July, the moon gazers will have a new treat because a splendid full "blooded moon" lunar eclipse which is going to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

A lunar eclipse, often called a "blood moon", is rare because it requires a ideal alignment of the Earth, moon and the sun.

This eclipse will last one hour and 43 minutes - almost 40 minutes longer than the January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon combo. "That's why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse", Duari said.

Remember the Super Blue Moon eclipse that occurred in January this year? The eclipse will be mainly visible in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia, as well as some parts of South America.

During opposition the planet will bask in direct sunlight, making it incredibly easy to spot among the stars with the naked eye. This also makes it the longest time an eclipse will be partially visible between the years 2011 and 2020.

"Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total will be entirely visible from all parts of the country", he was quoted as saying.

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Also among the five major astronomical events of this month, between July 28th and 29th, there will be the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, caused by the remains of the Marsden and Kracht comets, which will send up to 20 meteors per hour in the Earth's atmosphere.

These days, scientists know better - but still, the upcoming total lunar eclipse is expected to look just as ominous as it did thousands of years ago. "Special filters are required to protect our eyes like those used for watching solar eclipses".

The previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes when the moon passed to the south of shadow's centre; and the next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 will be only for 1 hour and 2 minutes because it'll pass to the north of the shadow's centre. Not only was it an eclipse, but it became a Super Blue Blood Moon because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month.

According to Dr. Amanda Bosh, a professor of astronomy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the moon will be at its furthest point from earth, called the apogee, during the eclipse. "One does not need a telescope to watch the eclipse, though a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience".

Explaining the celestial phenomenon, Mr Duari said a lunar eclipse takes place only at full moon.

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