Where are the best places to see the upcoming 'blood moon'?

Pablo Tucker
June 27, 2018

The Strawberry Moon is the seventh of 13 full moons to be present in our skies this year, and it comes just days after the United Kingdom celebrated the Summer Solstice last week, marking the start of summer and the longest day of the year. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last almost 4 hours. It has been said that this will be the longest lunar eclipse in a century lasting one hour and 43 minutes. This particular eclipse will last so long because the moon will pass directly into the darkest region of Earth's shadow, known as the umbra, which will also give the moon a reddish "blood moon" sheen.

For those that may not be in the know, a blood moon is a very rare astronomical phenomenon that takes place because of a lunar eclipse, which happens when the earth comes in line between the sun and the moon.

The previous Blood Moon that took place this year January by about 45 minutes.

The eclipse will only be visible in the Eastern Hemisphere.

We average at least two lunar eclipses per year and at least four eclipses total.

You'll need a telescope to see the planet's famous rings, however, but "if you have never spotted Saturn's rings, now is your chance", AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said.

Recent red skies are apparently down to the specific scattering of light particles through the atmosphere.

The full moon will be at its peak at 12:53 p.m. EDT on the East Coast and at 9:53 p.m PDT on the West Coast. That also means the ringed planet is as close to the Earth as it gets all year long. But if you're not awake, don't worry: You can still check it out after the sun sets around 8:05 p.m. ET.

United Kingdom skygazers can look up to the sky on the night of July 27, and the early hours of July 28 to catch the phenomenon. It will take nearly four hours for it to cross the Earth's dark umbral shadow.

The moon will appear full and bright for about three days this week. In the process, the Earth's shadow over the moon blocks most light radiation. "That [the middle] gets a longer-duration eclipse", he said.

The July 27 blood moon is expected to last beyond 100 minutes, and is expected to cast a larger shadow over the Earth than previously recorded moons.

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