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The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Year Showcases 'Blood Moon'

| July 27 , 2018 , 15:49 IST

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be witnessed on Friday night. The eclipse that will last for 43 minutes will showcase blood moon in several regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. The eclipse will be visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America.

However, planet Mars is also at its brightest that would put two red bodies in the sky. With 43 minutes on its peak, the partial eclipse before and after the main eclipse will be in effect for almost four hours.

The partial eclipse begins at 7:24 pm (10:54 pm IST), with the total eclipse starting at 8:30 pm (12:00 am IST ) and ending at 10:13 pm (1:43 am IST). The partial eclipse will finish at 11:19 pm (2:49 am IST). The greatest eclipse occurs at 9:22 pm (12:52 am IST).

The eclipse will be marked as the longest lunar eclipse of the century as the moon will pass right through the middle of the planet Earth, at the shadow's widest point. The natural satellite of the earth will be in perfect alignment with the sun and Earth.  

Portals of Badrinath temple are closed ahead of the lunar eclipse.


The term blood moon signifies the red moon that will appear during the eclipse. The reason behind the blood moon is as the full moon moves into Earth's shadow, it will darken, but it won't disappear. Sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere will light the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red. Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-coloured or blood-red.