Technology Longest total lunar eclipse of the century to turn the Moon red this month

12:20  12 july  2018
12:20  12 july  2018 Source:   cnet.com

Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know

  Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is set to dazzle most of the world, except the U.S., just shy of a year after the 2017 solar eclipse created a path of totality across America. The July 2018 eclipse — which will happen on Friday, July 27 — will last about four hours and be visible across wide swaths of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. The totality, or when the earth’s shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

The century is relatively young yet, but the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st centenary is set to go down on July 27. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a line, casting the reddish-orange shadow of our planet onto the surface of the moon .

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is taking place this month , and will briefly turn the Moon an eerie shade of red .

a star filled sky: Blood moon © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Blood moon

The century is relatively young yet, but the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st centenary is set to go down on July 27. In fact, it's probably the longest such event between now and 2123, according to NASA's catalog of such things.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a line, casting the reddish-orange shadow of our planet onto the surface of the moon. This is why a total lunar eclipse is often referred to as a "blood moon."

The scientific explanation for the creepy, red-tinted satellite is admittedly a little less exciting than the more hysterical explanation from ancient times: that some kind of huge, unseen dragon in the sky is going to attempt to devour the moon but ultimately fail.

The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Is Happening This Month

  The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Is Happening This Month Space enthusiasts in certain regions of the world will get free seats to a potentially once-in-a-lifetime event on the celestial stage later this month.  On July 27, lucky stargazers will see the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century ― also known as a blood moon. The nearly two-hour total eclipse will be visible to people in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to NASA.Blood moons are not unusual occurrences.

The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses , instead of going completely dark. The timing if this total lunar eclipse means it won't be visible from North America, though much of the Eastern Hemisphere of Earth will see part or all of the eclipse .

During a total lunar eclipse , the Moon usually turns a shade of red or orange. The Earth's atmosphere is to blame for turning the Moon red , orange, yellow, or brown during a Lunar Eclipse . ©bigstockphoto.com/ prajit48.

Whatever your favored explanation, it's happening this month and it will last for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes but there is a catch: it will only be visible in parts of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The map below from NASA provides an idea of where to plan your travel for the best blood moon viewing.

a close up of a map: The areas in white indicate where the entire 103 minutes of the total lunar eclipse will be visible July 27. © Provided by CNET The areas in white indicate where the entire 103 minutes of the total lunar eclipse will be visible July 27.

To figure out exactly when to watch for the total lunar eclipse where you are, you can plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer for all the details. 

If you can't catch this blood moon, don't worry. The next one comes in January and will be visible from Europe and the Americas.

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