What Friday's Extra-Long Lunar Eclipse Can Tell Us About The Earth

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The eclipse is slated to last almost 1 hour 43 minutes - the longest in about a century.

It lasts for 103 minutes - the longest lunar eclipse this century and only four minutes short of the longest possible. The Earth's shadow will cover the moon for an hour and 43 minutes.

The July 2018 lunar eclipse will be the longest one till June 9, 2123.

Europe, eastern Asia, Australia, Indonesia, and other regions will enjoy a partial lunar eclipse, where the moon passes partly through Earth's shadow. When the moon's orbit takes it directly behind the Earth and it enters this shadow completely, we see a total lunar eclipse. Once the moon is fully eclipsed (at around 3.30am), depending on conditions, it may start to appear red due to the sun's light being refracted through the Earth's atmosphere and onto the moon. "We are situated at the far west of the visible area, meaning the Moon will already be partly in the Earth's shadow when we see it", Žiberna said.

The total lunar eclipse will begin on the nightside of the Earth on Friday, with some places seeing a redder moon in the early hours of Saturday, July 28.

Some parts of North-east India may not be able see the entire lunar eclipse. "However, the total phase itself will be visible from practically anywhere, as the moon will be high enough to be seen from most locations with unobstructed views towards the southeast", Borg said.

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It is because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon's surface, an expert told APP.

But the total lunar eclipse will happen at 3:30 a.m. and will peak at 4:21 a.m., also known as the "maximum eclipse", or when the moon is closest to the center of the shadow, according to Raymundo. These events will play out simultaneously over the night sky, on the final hours of July 27, and the early hours of July 28. However, in North America can not be seen.

Filipinos will have to hope for clear skies at dawn on Saturday to watch the longest blood moon eclipse this century, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Because blue and violet wavelengths are scattered more than red and orange, more of the red wavelengths reach the Moon, making it appear that shade.

The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse creating a blood moon last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033.

Weather forecast shows that the Northern and North-central provinces will have moderately to heavy rain on the night of July 17, which means the sky will be quite cloudy.

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