Lunar eclipse clocks in at more than 6 hours

Pablo Tucker
July 30, 2018

The longest lunar eclipse this century sent the moon behind the shadow of the Earth, turning it a deep crimson for people in Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, parts of Australasia and South America to see.

"This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about".

The "totality" period, where light from the Moon was totally obscured, lasted for one hour, 43 minutes, but the partial eclipse before and after the total phase meant the moon spent almost four hours crossing the Earth's shadow.

It was also a supermoon - meaning the Earth's natural satellite appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reached its closest point to our planet.

It is expected to occur on July 27-28 at 7.30 pm UTC (12 am IST) and end at 9.13 pm UTC (1.43 am IST).

The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019. The period of totality for this eclipse will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.

As the eclipsed passed over Abu Dhabi, the Moon could be seen behind the minarets of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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.

Alexander tweeted: "A partially eclipsed Moon, with our neighbouring planet in the background, just before diving into Earth's atmosphere".

The longest lunar eclipse of the century is set to dazzle stargazers this evening - but people in the United Kingdom could miss out on seeing the rare celestial event, with rain clouds and thunderstorms set to dominate the skies. It is to note that the eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts.

In ancient times, this phenomenon was thought to be a bad omen, but now it is understood that it is simply due to the scattering of light by the air in our atmosphere. This is the longest because for the last four billion years the moon has been moving away from the Earth and has now reached the ideal spot for the lunar alignment.

The science experts explain the total lunar eclipse when the earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, making the moon fall into shadow. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle.

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