How To Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

Pablo Tucker
July 28, 2018

All eyes will on the sky tonight as the world is to witness the lovely sight of 'blood moon' as the moon moves into the shadow of the earth for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. Interestingly, the August 6/7, 2036 eclipse will not have almost as long a totality as the June 25/26, 2029 total lunar eclipse, where totality will last for 102 minutes.

This time, Mars comes the closest to Earth as compared to any time in the past 15 years.

The website will have live footage of the blood moon on Friday and Saturday.

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes. Unlike solar eclipses, which require protective eyewear, a lunar eclipse can be viewed without specialized eye protection.


The Executive Director of TNSTC, Soundararajan Perumal said, "This time the moon will be at a distance of 4,60,000, so it's called micro moon as it will be slightly diminished".

Yes, it's a total lunar eclipse, so the moon will be entirely in the Earth's shadow.

The month of July is going to offer a good spectacle in the night sky.

The first part of lunar eclipse is expected to start at around 11:44 PM IST on July 27.


If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.

The full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth and for 103 minutes the moon will turn varying shades of red.

With the Earth's shadow subduing the moon's bright light, the stars and planets were on show, including Mars, which was at the brightest it's been since 2003. The event gets underway at 1:14 PM ET, reaching complete eclipse at 3:30 PM.

There are multiple YouTube channels showing the lunar eclipse 2018 live stream so that enthusiasts do not miss out on one of the remarkable events of the century.


"You could use a telescope but, to be frank, it will be just as dramatic to watch it without aids as the red moon slowly rises in the sky over Britain and the shadow of the Earth passes from its surface". "It's the planets I'm really excited to see". Fun fact: Legend has it that Christopher Columbus, tipped off by an astrologist, told an indigenous Caribbean tribe that the Christian god would soon make the moon disappear because they would not share resources with Columbus's crew. It wasn't visible in the US, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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