Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Century's Longest Total Lunar Eclipse to Grace the Sky

Century's Longest Total Lunar Eclipse to Grace the Sky

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

NASA says the lunar eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes with total viability in Eastern Africa and Central Asia. The eclipse would be visible in India, parts of South America, a large portion of Africa, West Asia, and Central Asia. While its peak will be at 16:21 EDT (03:21 Western Indonesian Time).

According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be fully visible in Lagos.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the path of the Earth's orbit lines up directly between the sun and the moon. The moon loses the brightness normally caused by the reflection of the sun's light and takes on an eerie, reddish glow, giving the lunar eclipse moon the nickname of blood moon.

The air also spread more shorter-wavelength light (in green or blue colors) followed by the longer-wavelength which redder at end of the spectrum.

One of the most anticipated astronomical events to be seen on July 27 will be seen from all parts of the country.

In the United States, the eclipse will occur in the daytime, so Americans will miss out on seeing this very special lunar eclipse live.

As with previous similar eclipses, the Moon will take on a coppery-orange colour before disappearing completely into the shadow of the Earth. From within the umbra, all direct sunlight is blocked by Earth as in the case of a total lunar eclipse.

Pagasa said lunar eclipses are safe to watch; observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. This is another unusual event - the great opposition of Mars, which occurs every 15 years.

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