There is so much going on in the world right now. This Friday, July 27th 2018, the moon is hiding behind the earth as we are going to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of the century! If you get a chance, look up at the sky tonight to experience the magic of the red blood moon. (Art by Leaf and Petal Design
What is a lunar eclipse & what is special about this one?
Lunar Eclipses can only ocurr during full moon. The earth is going to pass between the sun and the moon and all 3 bodies are in perfect alignment. While we typically experience anywhere between one and four lunar eclipses per year, it is exceptionally rare to have such a long total lunar eclipse (and in July). This lunar eclipse is the longest of the 21st century because it passes through the center of Earth’s shadow, increasing the time in which the moon is blocked from the sun.
“This Blood Moon will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.”
Why does the moon turn orange?
A total eclipse happens when the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by earth`s atmosphere & the light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunrise or sunset do. Mars is also at its brightest, putting 2 bright red objects in our sky.
Where can I see it?
The spectacle is visible in the Eastern Hemisphere. Those in Europe, Africa, Asia, and parts of South America will witness either the full eclipse or a partial eclipse. People in the Western Hemisphere, unfortunately, like North America and Greenland are going to miss out on the rare lunar eclipse event, because it happens during daylight.
How long is the spectacle going to take?
The total eclipse is going to last 1 hour 43 minutes, but you can see a partial eclipse for nearly 4 hours. Unlike solar eclipses, it is safe to view without eye protection.
Happy Lunar Eclipse!