Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse

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GETTYBlood Moon 2018 The next lunar eclipse will turn the moon red on July 27

The event will be directly visible in most parts of Europe and its surrounding regions, so those in other parts of the world might have to simply enjoy the extremely rare celestial event through live news coverage or watch it online. Die hard moon fans of a certain age may remember the total lunar eclipse from 18 years ago (July 16, 2000) which lasted for 1 hour and 46.4 minutes, when the moon was even more centered in the shadow than it will be a month from now, or than it will be again for a while.

You'll have another opportunity to spot a full moon next month when the Full Buck Moon graces the night sky on July 27.

A "supermoon" is the event in which the Moon appears larger than its actual size, that takes place when the Moon reaches the perigee, its closest point to Earth in its orbit. It happens because, when the sunlight enters Earth's atmosphere which is blocking, the light gets refracted in such a way that the green to violet wavelengths on the visible spectrum scatter more strongly than the red, thus giving the moon a reddish cast.

Tonight's full Strawberry Moon is said to be the most colorful moon of the year.

Why is the lunar eclipse so long?

You just need an open space with a clear view.

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The problem with the upcoming eclipse is the area in which it will be visible.

The partial eclipse, meanwhile, which comes either side of the main event, will last nearly four hours.

On the night of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to the longest lunar eclipse set to occur in the 21st century, EarthSky reports. McClure estimates that the total lunar eclipse will include partial eclipses that start at 6:24 UTC, or 2:24 p.m. EST, to 10:29 UTC, or 6:29 p.m. EST. That also means the ringed planet is as close to the Earth as it gets all year long.

"So, from start to finish, the moon takes almost four hours to cross the Earth's dark umbral shadow".

Why Is This Particular Lunar Eclipse So Long?

The January 31 sighting of a "blue Moon" and a total lunar eclipse occurred in India for the first time after 1982.

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