Longest Lunar Eclipse of 21st century due this month

This year in particular astronomers are excited because the total lunar eclipse will be the single longest eclipse of the 21st century.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's disk can take on a dramatically colourful appearance from bright orange to blood red and more rarely dark brown to very dark gray, depending upon the part of the Earth's shadow it would be passing through.

The longest total lunar eclipse of this century would be visible from all parts of the country on July 27. That means anyone who is on the side of the earth that is experiencing nighttime will be able to see the lunar eclipse whereas a solar eclipse can only be seen by the people who are where the moon's shadow falls. Skygazers who missed out on January's Super Blue Blood Moon, the first lunar eclipse of 2018, have a good chance of witnessing the next celestial event as the eclipse will adorn the skies next week. Yet, you may need to do a little traveling plan to see it, since the eclipse might be visible in parts of South America, quite a bit of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The moon is expected to turn fully dark at around 2:30 p.m.

However, the phenomenon is not safe to view with naked eyes. Those in United States can watch lunar eclipse for its full 1-hour, 43-minute reveal via a livestream provided by the Virtual Telescope Project.

"The greatest eclipse, when moon will look the darkest, will be at around 01:52 am and the totality will continue at 02:43 am after this period the moon will remain partially eclipsed till 03:49 am of July 28", Duari said in a media release. However, the solar eclipse will be partially visible in India, which is further called partial social eclipse or Anshik Surya Grahan.

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Also among the five major astronomical events of this month, between July 28th and 29th, there will be the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, caused by the remains of the Marsden and Kracht comets, which will send up to 20 meteors per hour in the Earth's atmosphere.

If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the moon occurs. Not only was it an eclipse, but it became a Super Blue Blood Moon because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month.

July will also see Mars make a close approach, reaching the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth.

"No special filters are required to protect your eyes like those used for solar eclipses".

Explaining the celestial phenomenon, Duari said a lunar eclipse takes place only at full moon.

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