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Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Don’t miss the century’s longest lunar eclipse this week

Don’t miss the century’s longest lunar eclipse this week

- Why the Moon turns red during an Eclipse?

On the evening of 27 July, we are waiting for a total lunar Eclipse.

Across Australia everyone will see the moon enter Earth's shadow at the exact same moment but those in Western Australia are the only ones who will be able to watch the entirety of the eclipse. "The moon will remain in a very faint penumbral shadow for about an hour after that, but this is typically too light a shadow for the naked eye to notice the difference between that and the full moon that follows." 2. On July 27, the earth, moon, and sun will come to adjust in a ideal line, which will cause the wonder.

This type of eclipse is known as a "blood moon", which means the moon will appear to be a reddish color as some of the sun's ray bend around the Earth.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 20th century happened on July 16, 2000, according to EarthSky.

"The next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, will be only for one hour and two minutes because it will pass to the north of the shadow's centre", Duari added.The eclipse will be visible from countries in Africa, Central Asia, South America, Europe and Australia.

"The Moon is not always in ideal alignment with the Sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle". Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses don't require special equipment for viewing. The lunar passage will mark the total eclipse of the moon - a celestial event which happens about twice a year on an average.

The event will kick off at about 3.15am (AEST) on Saturday, July 28.

Our red moon will have some company Friday. The shadow cast by the moon is much smaller than that produced by our own planet.

However, the red planet will reach closest to the Earth on July 31.

The eclipse is going to begin from 10:44 PM on 27 July and end at 4:58 AM.

However the brightness of the red colour depends on how dirty the atmosphere is due to volcanic eruptions - and experts don't believe this particular blood moon will display a strong red.

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