Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Occurs Tonight

Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Occurs Tonight

Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Occurs Tonight

A blood moon will appear in the night sky around much of the world on Friday night as the moon moves into the shadow of the earth for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

The total eclipse lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours. But fret not, as in this technology-driven world, watching the night skies is no problem even if your view of the eclipse is not as clear as you would want it to be.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m. And if you're in the USA, while it is unfortunate that we won't be able to see the eclipse here, it's not the end of the world.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location.

And while the lunar eclipse lasts 104 minutes, observers will be able to take in a partial eclipse for nearly four hours. At that time, this month's full moon - also known as the blood buck moon - will pass through the center of the Earth's shadow.

During totality, which begins at around 3:30 p.m. EDT (19:30 UTC), the moon will be immersed in Earth's shadow and will be "illuminated by red light filtered by the [Earth's] atmosphere", Diego said. Some light, though, will still reach the moon because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will take place this week, on Thursday, June 26 into Friday, June 27.

The UAE marked the occasion with a series of functions across the country, including the capital Abu Dhabi, that featured lectures on eclipses and visible planets that can be seen at this time of year.

The Moon passed right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point.

North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

In a lunar eclipse, the Earth stands between its natural satellite and the Sun.

A total eclipse will start at 1:00 am (July 28).

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