Blood Moon on Friday: Five facts about the longest lunar eclipse of the century

Blood Moon on Friday is going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century and if you want to watch it, you won’t need any protective gear or special equipment. Here are some Blood Moon facts that you need to know about.

Blood Moon or the lunar eclipse during which the Earth’s Moon is seen reddish in colour during the night. The Blood Moon 2018 in July is one of the most important celestial events ever in the history of space as it is also going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century. The Blood Moon of July will be seen on the intervening night if July 27th and July 28th and skygazers from around the world will be able to witness this once in a lifetime event, including those from India.

For those unaware of the phenomenon, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, its Moon as well as the Sun are directly aligned in one line and Moon’s orbit brings the orb completely under the Earth’s shadow. In short, the “blood moon” occurs when our planet Earth’s moon comes in full eclipse, turning the usually whiteish moon into red or even ruddy-brown colour.

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Blood Moon on Friday: Five facts about the longest lunar eclipse of the century

1. Blood Moon 2018 on July 27 will be the second lunar eclipse of the year 2018 since we have already witnessed a Super Blue Blood Eclipse on January 31, 2018.

2. This will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century as the Moon will be completely covered by the darkest region of Earth’s shadow called as the umbra, for over 103 minutes or one hour and 43 minutes. On the other hand, the entire eclipse, which will include the penumbral as well as partial phases, will take around 6 hours and 14 minutes.

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3. The long duration of Blood Moon on Friday will be caused by the fact that the Earth is going to be at the farthest point from the Sun at the time of the eclipse, making the shadow of Earth wider and longer, meaning that the Moon will take more time to pass through it.

4. Mars, also known as the Red Planet, will also be visible from Earth during the Blood Moon on Friday i.e. the intervening night of July 27/28, 2018, however, you will need a set of telescopes to see the Red Planet.

5. The lunar eclipse or Blood Moon 2018 on July 27 will be visible in parts of Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and parts of Africa as well as South America.

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If you want to see Blood Moon on Friday you won’t require any protective eyewear as the lunar eclipse can be seen from the naked eye. As far as timing in India is concerned, the Blood Moon on Friday will be visible in India from 10.44pm IST on July 27 to 2.43 am IST on Saturday, July 28. However, the lunar eclipse will be fully visible from 1 am IST on July 28.

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