Tech & Science Longest total lunar eclipse of the century to turn the Moon red this month

10:32  12 july  2018
10:32  12 july  2018 Source:   cnet.com

Save the date for a total lunar eclipse this month

  Save the date for a total lunar eclipse this month The longest lunar eclipse of the century will happen July 27, 2018, but you may need to travel far to see itA lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. The eclipse will be partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes. This also makes it the longest time an eclipse will be partially visible between the years 2011 and 2020.

The century is relatively young yet, but the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st centenary is set to go down on July 27. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a line, casting the reddish-orange shadow of our planet onto the surface of the moon .

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is taking place this month , and will briefly turn the Moon an eerie shade of red .

a star filled sky: Blood moon© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Blood moon The century is relatively young yet, but the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st centenary is set to go down on July 27. In fact, it's probably the longest such event between now and 2123, according to NASA's catalog of such things.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a line, casting the reddish-orange shadow of our planet onto the surface of the moon. This is why a total lunar eclipse is often referred to as a "blood moon."

The scientific explanation for the creepy, red-tinted satellite is admittedly a little less exciting than the more hysterical explanation from ancient times: that some kind of huge, unseen dragon in the sky is going to attempt to devour the moon but ultimately fail.

Save the date for a total lunar eclipse this month

  Save the date for a total lunar eclipse this month The longest lunar eclipse of the century will happen July 27, 2018, but you may need to travel far to see itA lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. The eclipse will be partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes. This also makes it the longest time an eclipse will be partially visible between the years 2011 and 2020.

The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses , instead of going completely dark. The timing if this total lunar eclipse means it won't be visible from North America, though much of the Eastern Hemisphere of Earth will see part or all of the eclipse .

During a total lunar eclipse , the Moon usually turns a shade of red or orange. The Earth's atmosphere is to blame for turning the Moon red , orange, yellow, or brown during a Lunar Eclipse . ©bigstockphoto.com/ prajit48.

Whatever your favored explanation, it's happening this month and it will last for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes but there is a catch: it will only be visible in parts of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The map below from NASA provides an idea of where to plan your travel for the best blood moon viewing.

a close up of a map: The areas in white indicate where the entire 103 minutes of the total lunar eclipse will be visible July 27.© Provided by CNET The areas in white indicate where the entire 103 minutes of the total lunar eclipse will be visible July 27. To figure out exactly when to watch for the total lunar eclipse where you are, you can plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer for all the details.

If you can't catch this blood moon, don't worry. The next one comes in January and will be visible from Europe and the Americas.

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