2nd lunar eclipse of 2018 is 21st century’s longest

Muriel Hammond
July 29, 2018

Views will be best out in the countryside away from light pollution.

The warning area extends from Cambridge and Peterborough up to the Scottish Borders, Mr Madge said, adding that Wales, the south and west of England and most of Northern Ireland should have clear skies. However, each lunar Eclipse can be observed from more than half of the globe. If you want to see the penumbral phase, you need to have telescope.

This is sometimes referred to as a 'micromoon, ' and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth).

One superstition says that if you get injured during the lunar eclipse then the wound will not stop bleeding.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse precedes and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in the Earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of the Earth.

This effect is due to the fact that the solar rays passing through the Earth's atmosphere, reaches the moon. A total lunar eclipse happens in case the moon enters the shadow of the Earth completely.


Lunar eclipses are less common than a solar Eclipse - no more than three per year, which can be observed in any particular place, although in some years they may not be.

At that time, it'll look like the moon has changed color in dramatic fashion, which is why a lunar eclipse is sometimes known as a "blood moon". "The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm". The moon will be visible in a reddish, scarlet hue for over one hour and 43 minutes of the eclipse, which is 40 per cent longer than that of any other eclipse measured in recent times.

It is perfectly safe to look at a lunar eclipse with just the naked eye. But during a lunar eclipse, the glow of the moon has a much less intense brightness than the sun.

Tomorrow, Friday July 27, 2018, is a going to be a great day.

This eclipse happens to coincide with the moon's apogee, a point in the moon's orbit where it is farthest from the earth.

When you live in a city, the trick is to find the biggest bit of sky you can, or get up as high as you can above the rooftops. It is believed that meteorites brought water to Earth during the early years of its formation, and it is possible that these same meteorites bounced off the surface of the Earth and landed on the moon, bringing with it water and microbes.

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