The 21st century’s longest lunar eclipse next week

The 21st century’s longest lunar eclipse next week

Stargazers of Singapore have the wonderful opportunity to take a glimpse of the longest total lunar eclipse of the century coupled with Mars opposition on July 28.

Swathes of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia are in the flawless spot for the eclipse, meaning they will be able to see it in its entirety - provided the weather is good.

Often referred to as a blood moon, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves directly between the sun and the moon.

Different phases of the lunar eclipse will be visible across much of Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Australia at various points in time on July 27.

If you're planning to watch it online it begins at 1:14 p.m. ET, and maximum totality, or the blood moon, begins at 04:21 p.m. ET. The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which causes Earth's atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light.

"This is what is called the first contact when the partial lunar eclipse begins", said the Hyderabad centre's statement.

Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore
Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore

- Why the Moon turns red during an Eclipse? To compare, it falls just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time a lunar eclipse could last. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small. But it's time to take out those cameras again because, guess what, the Moon's coming back in red.

However, during a lunar eclipse the glow from the moon is not almost as strong.

- We were lucky in Ukraine can be observed in nearly all phases of the total lunar Eclipse.

However the brightness of the red colour depends on how dirty the atmosphere is due to volcanic eruptions - and experts don't believe this particular blood moon will display a strong red.

He explains "So the Lord said "you need to go check it out" and I did and I found out it's the longest Blood Moon of the century". As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or blood red. But North America, a large part of the Pacific ocean and a large part of the Arctic did not notice.

Unlike a solar eclipse, both the eclipsed moon and Mars can be viewed safely without eye protection. Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky.


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