Century's longest lunar eclipse to be visible from India

The longest total lunar eclipse of the entire 21st century is coming to a sky near you later this month!

The partial eclipse of the moon will start around 11.54 pm Indian Standard Time, with the total eclipse beginning at 1 am on July 28.

The problem is the once-in-a-lifetime lunar eclipse will not be visible in North America.

On July 27th, the moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and form a lunar eclipse.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

This eclipse will be completely visible in Eastern Africa and Central Asia from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. EDT, while viewers in Western Africa, Eastern Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia will catch a partial glimpse, according to Temi Adebowale at Popular Mechanics.

The Moon will turn a red or ruddy-brown color during the "blood moon eclipse", Space.com reports.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".

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The reason this lunar eclipse will be a particularly long one is because the moon will be passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow, while the moon is at a particularly distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit.

Not everyone will be able to see the long-lasting lunar spectacle, however. It is only four minutes shorter than the the longest possible lunar eclipse to occur on earth, according to NASA.

Depending on atmospheric conditions, this could be an especially dark total lunar Eclipse.

It is perfectly safe to look at a lunar eclipse with just the naked eye. To help prevent the side effects, one must read Shiva Chalisa during the eclipse time, donate food to the needy and eat Tulsi leaves. It was also the second full moon of the month, which is referred to as a blue moon.

At its most luminous, Mars will supersede Jupiter as the fourth brightest celestial object-after the Sun, Moon, and Venus-from July 7 to September 7.

The lunar eclipse will be visible fully or partially from parts of India. "One does not need a telescope to watch the eclipse, though a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience", Mr Durai said.

The full moon will plunge deeply into the Earth's shadow on the night of July 27-28.

"No special filters are required to protect your eyes like those used for solar eclipses". Where is the best place to see the 2018 total lunar eclipse?

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