Astronomers say that the Blood Moon on July 27th will cause the longest Full Lunar Eclipse of the 21st century.
The whole event will take almost 4 hours, during which the Moon will turn spectacular red or ruddy-brown color.
At the same time we will be able to witness another rare sight in the skies. Namely, Mars will look unusually bright in the night sky as it will come closer to Earth than it’s ever been in the last 15 years.
This is an amazing and rare opportunity for astronomy enthusiasts and photographers, as the two significant astronomical events will be happening at the same time.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon, Earth and the sun are aligned and the moon passes into Earth’s shadow and it usually happens three times in a year.
Unlike with solar eclipses, there’s no need to wear protective eyewear when witnessing a lunar eclipse. In other words, these events can be viewed safely with the naked eye.
On July the 27th Earth’s umbra (the dark center portion of Earth’s shadow involved in total and partial lunar eclipses) will completely engulf the moon, and the process will last for 103 minutes, thus making it the longest Lunar Eclipse in the 21st century.
The reason for the duration of the July’s Lunar Eclipse is the position of the Moon. It will take position on one the farthest points from Earth and it make its shadow bigger than it is during a normal eclipse.
The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. That’s because some of the sunlight going through Earth’s atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon’s surface.
Unfortunately, North America won’t be able to see the event, but Some parts of South America and the rest of the Eastern Hemisphere will be part of the Lunar Eclipse.
Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Australia will see it too in their local times respectively, but the best view will have the people who live in Southeastern Europe.
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