Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Start planning now for longest lunar eclipse of the century

CBS News reported this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century, and it will be viewable from multiple continents - including most of Africa.

The partial eclipse of the moon will start around 11.54 pm Indian Standard Time, with the total eclipse beginning at 1 am on July 28.

Lunar eclipses are safe on the eyes, so no need to locate any special equipment (as was necessary for last year's major solar eclipse). In a solar eclipse, the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. To avoid the consequences, subjects were dressed up as the king and put to death if they didn't die from the lunar eclipse itself.

NASA explains the entire event will go on for about four hours, while the "blood moon" phenomenon itself will be visible for an hour and 43 minutes at its peak.

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Earlier this year, there was a Super Blue Blood Moon, a total eclipse which happened with a super moon.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit". But the Moon will enter totality not long before setting in this country, on the morning of July 28.

During the July 27 total lunar eclipse, the moon has to pass through the central part of the Earth's shadow. Solar eclipses are risky to watch without certified, special glasses, but lunar eclipses don't require special head gear.

"Because it's the full moon, the Moon sets when the Sun rises". To help prevent the side effects, one must read Shiva Chalisa during the eclipse time, donate food to the needy and eat Tulsi leaves.

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At its most luminous, Mars will supersede Jupiter as the fourth brightest celestial object-after the Sun, Moon, and Venus-from July 7 to September 7.

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.

"All you need on that morning, because the Moon's quite low in the sky, you will need an unobstructed view to the horizon, and you well also need good weather". The residents of planet Earth are going to witness yet another landmark event on July 27, 2018. Where is the best place to see the 2018 total lunar eclipse?

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