Longest Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century
Why we call it Blood Moon
A blood moon is the term for a total lunar eclipse due to the reddish colour of the moon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon sits directly behind the Earth, within the Earth’s shadow.
Why the moon looks red
You may be wondering why the moon looks red on the eclipse; In fact, when the earth comes between the sun and the moon during the lunar eclipse, then the sun’s ray will stop. Due to the atmosphere of the Earth, light turns to the moon and this is why the moon is red.
What is the reason behind the longest lunar eclipse
This time, during the moon eclipse, the moon will pass through the center of the Earth at the center of the north. This situation will be of 1 hour and 2 minutes, this is why this time the eclipse will be longer. At the same time, this is also the lunar apoji (Arbital point of the moon located at a distance from Earth, where it appears very small and far away). That is, the distance between the Moon and Earth will be highest on July 27. This is the reason that this Lunar Eclipse will be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
The longest total lunar eclipse in the century will be seen on July 27 night to early hours of July 28. The duration of the total lunar eclipse would be 103 minutes or 1 hour 43 minutes.
Timings of total Lunar Eclipse 2018: The period of complete eclipse — known as “totality”, is the time when the moon appears darkest. In India, the moon will appear reddish to deep red during 1 am to 2:43 am during the period of “totality” that begins on 28 July. (July 27 late night)
Total Lunar Eclipse around the world
According to timeanddate.com, much of Europe, much of Asia, Australia, Africa, South in North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica would witness the total lunar eclipse.
Total Lunar Eclipse timings in India
India will see total lunar eclipse that would begin on 10:44 pm on July 27 and will end on 4:58 am on July 28.
During 1 am to 2:43 am, the eclipse would be maximum and would appear red in colour.
Where can you see the Total Lunar Eclipse in India
Total Lunar Eclipse will be seen in cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Mumbai among others.