Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Longest Lunar Eclipse of the 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.

Only light that is refracted through Earth's atmosphere manages to reach the moon, with everything outside of the red wavelengths being scattered, leaving the moon looking blood red.

Another reason not to miss and catch this astronomical treat is that the next longest total lunar eclipse is not expected to occur before June 9, 2123.

The best views - weather permitting - could be across Eastern Europe, Central and East Africa and South East Asia, from where the entire eclipse will be visible.

Fearing the jaguar would come down to earth to continue its assault, people would throw spears at the moon and create noise to scare it away. The Earth orbits, or goes around, the sun.

Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun.

Why: It is the longest lunar eclipse of the century because annually (in early July) the Earth swings out to aphelion-its farthest point from the sun for the year.

Starting from 4am on the east coast of Australia, and from 2am in the west, the moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

NASA has given all the details of past and the future lunar eclipses with eclipse diagrams and visibility maps.

What is Total Lunar Eclipse?

St Helens Star

The event will not occur in the United Kingdom until 9.21pm, and will last until 10.13pm.

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

The Blood Moon phenomenon is fairly common, and included the super blue blood moon seen in January.

Why will moon appear red during Total Lunar Eclipse?

Because of the way the moon orbits the Earth, and because the Earth orbits the sun, there are always at least two lunar eclipses every year. When Earth completely blocks the sunlight, the moon looks red or orange. That one lasted for one hour and 16 minutes, according to NASA.

How does a chandra grahan occur?

When is chandra grahan/lunar eclipse in India?

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is quite safe to look at with the naked eye.

This spectacle, called a selenelion, was due to unfold a few minutes after 8am, and could be best viewed in southern areas, provided their skies were clear. FYI No eye protection is needed for viewing.

One of the common myths related to food is that one should avoid during a lunar eclipse.


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