Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

Kenneth Drake
July 27, 2018

It doesn't get much better than that.

"They will move through reasonably quickly but if that coincides with the peak moment of the eclipse, they could obscure the moon". Unfortunately the event will be occurring during our daytime. The rest of us will just have to watch online. The higher you are, the better, because the Sun will be barely clearing the horizon as the Moon sets in the opposite direction. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. It will gradually become darker and glow progressively redder over the next hour and a half. It will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses lasting for more than an hour. A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

Whether you are scrambling to pack for a holiday or swigging an ale in your local beer garden, take a moment on Friday evening to look up. Sometimes the moon passes through the top of the disk, or toward the bottom.

It will cast the Moon into shadow for one hour and 43 minutes, during which its colour will appear to be anything from orange to a deep crimson. The Earth orbits, or goes around, the sun.

This phenomenon could be explained by the elliptical or oval-shaped orbits that Earth and Mars followed around the Sun.

The world will witness the longest total lunar eclipse of this century on July 27, 2018.

The next one, which is coming up on January 21, 2019, will be 1 hour and 2 minutes.

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It is also known as Micro Moon eclipse, as the Moon will be at the farthest point from the Earth and may even look smaller. Later, its partial phase will begin at 03:19am, and the penumbral eclipse will end at 4:29am.

In the United Kingdom: the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm BST on Friday, and the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm and 10.12pm, with the moon visible to the south-east.

"It just happens to be we're in the right place at the right time to see the whole event", he said. Once in a while, Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon. But for views of elsewhere in the Solar System, Jupiter will be in the southern sky and Venus in the west.

For one, Mars will be at opposition, when Earth lies directly between it and the sun (four days later, Mars will be the closest to Earth since 2003).

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

Interestingly, the occurrence came as scientists have discovered the first large body of liquid water on the red planet.

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