Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday

A view of the total lunar eclipse that was witnessed in Singapore

A view of the total lunar eclipse that was witnessed in Singapore

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 20th century happened on July 16, 2000, according to EarthSky.

Do not forget to look up in the sky later this week because a historic lunar eclipse will be visible in South Africa. It's called a blood moon because the moon appears to be red.

It is going to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon.

A total eclipse will start at 1:00 am (July 28). This glorious sight occurs because of the way sunlight bends (refracts) through the Earth's atmosphere.

"India is at the centre stage of the lunar eclipse".

The moon will be transformed into a reddish orange colour. In other cultures, the eclipse is seen as the moon being swallowed by other animals, such as a jaguar in Mayan tradition, or a three-legged toad in China. However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore
Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore

Considering how this will be the longest total lunar eclipse in the century, Petro shelled out some suggestions for those who'll be able to witness it and those who won't. Furthermore, the Moon will be at apogee, the farthest from the Earth in its orbit, on July 27 and will be moving at a slower speed in its orbit. Since the moon will be at its most distant and smallest, it will take more time to cross the Earth's shadow.

The Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and thanks to some quirky physics, will colour the moon red for more than 100 minutes, according to NASA. The best view of the eclipse will be reserved for the Indian Ocean, because it will be facing the Moon.

He said that the lunar eclipse would seen from naked eye nationwide.

This is due to the moon being below the horizon in Britain when the eclipse begins.

"If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun".

Scientists say that in the United States the period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky. We will not be able to see the eclipse in Jacksonville, or in any of North America.

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