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2nd lunar eclipse of 2018 is 21st century’s longest

26 July 2018, 02:55 | Justin Tyler

2nd lunar eclipse of 2018 is 21st century’s longest

The total lunar eclipse

The shining bright white hue of the moon will be transformed into a bewitching deep blood red for United Kingdom observers tomorrow, July 27, during the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. The total lunar eclipse is projected to last for an hour and 42 minutes, with the entire event lasting over 6 hours. Blood moon, though, refers to the brightest shade of red, that the Moon will reflect at the height of the lunar eclipse. For instance, 2009 and 2010 missions discovered hundreds of millions of metric tons of water ice hiding on the Moon, and there is strong evidence that the lunar mantle also harbors a large amount of water.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is easy and safe to enjoy with a naked eye, says Francisco Diego, an astronomer from University College London. The lunar eclipse that appeared in January 2018, we saw a Super Blood Moon and this lunar eclipse is going to be the longest "Blood Moon" eclipse of the century.

They have interpreted passages in the Bible ("The Sun will turn into darkness, and the Moon into blood, before the great and awful day of the Lord comes") as evidence.

This eclipse happens to coincide with the moon's apogee, a point in the moon's orbit where it is farthest from the earth.

By around 12.30am on Saturday, the moon will completely move out of the Earth's shadow, glowing its usual white colour.

Places with an unobstructed view of the moonrise include Letná Park and parts of Vyšehrad, though by the time the moon reaches full eclipse it should be visible from much of the city where tall buildings or hills are not in the way.

"The moment clouds enter the picture, we lose our chance", Raymundo said.

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon's surface in July 1969, it was not only a giant leap for mankind, but also the first time the satellite had ever hosted life.

Schulze-Makuch explained that it is possible that life on the Moon originated as it did here on Earth, but he said that it is more likely that it was transported in by a meteorite.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

"Our best window will be around 3 a.m.to 5 a.m., when the moon really turns reddish".

For those in North America, the century's longer lunar eclipse will not be visible as it will take place during the day on Friday.

According to Space.com, "In New Delhi, the penumbral eclipse will start at 10:44 p.m. local time, when the moon will be well above the horizon, and the umbral phase will begin at 11:54 p.m".

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