Are you ready for the longest lunar eclipse of the century?

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Before bedtime tonight, definitely set your alarm clock to 10:44 pm, and keep your binoculars on your bedside table. Then, make sure that you can chart a path to the nearest set of windows and store the map in your head. Why? Because there will be a total lunar eclipse TODAY, Friday 27, 2018.

For an hour and 42 minutes, the usually white silvery moon will be covered with the bloody shadow of the earth during what scientists are calling the longest total lunar eclipse of this century.

Quick Recap: What is a lunar eclipse?

The moon moves in an orbit around the Earth, and at the same time, the Earth orbits the sun. Sometimes the Earth moves between the sun and the moon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space. When this happens, the Earth blocks the sunlight that normally is reflected by the moon, and we can’t see the moon!  

A lunar eclipse can occur only when the moon is full. The moon doesn’t go completely dark, though: some of the Sun’s light still manages to shine onto the lunar surface, and the moon appears in colours ranging from pale orange to deep red.

So will where will we be able to see this from?

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is safe to watch with the naked eye. If you can get your hands on a pair of binoculars you will be able to see the shadow and colour changes during the event.

Most people in eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia will be able to enjoy the entire event.

Photo Credit: NASA

In India:

  • Begins on Fri, 27 July 2018 at 10:44 pm
  • Total Eclipse 1:00 am – 2.43 am 
  • Ends on Sat, 28 July 2018 at 04:58 am

Happy viewing!

The next lunar eclipse is predicted to be on Jan. 21, 2019.m


Written By: Biyash Choksey

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