This longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in, besides India, Australia, Africa, European nations and Antarctica.
The Hush Post: The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will occur on the intervening night of 27 and 28 July. It will be after 150 years that such a total lunar eclipse, also known as ‘blood moon’ eclipse, will occur and will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes. Besides, planet Mars will be closest to the Earth on the given day since 2003. However, some astrologers believe that this lunar eclipse won’t augur well for the human race as the planetary positions point toward natural disasters and major accidents, leading to mass scale destruction of property and life. The longest lunar eclipse had occurred 1700 years ago.
Why a Blood Moon?
This eclipse is known as ‘blood moon’ because of the reddish tinge the Full Moon takes on, instead of going completely dark, when fully eclipsed. It will begin at 01:54 am (IST) on July 28 and will continue till 03:49 am (IST). The total phase of the “blood moon” eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, but since there will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth’s shadow, which is called the penumbra, including that penumbral time, the eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes.
This longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in, besides India, Australia, Africa, European nations and Antarctica. This will be the second blood moon this year, albeit a long one. Total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon.
How to view?
Unlike with solar eclipses, you will require no special equipment to observe the lunar eclipse, not even a telescope or binoculars. However, additional equipment would always help in viewing a better picture. The only concern remains is the weather.