Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse

Cesar Mills
June 27, 2018

The upcoming blood moon is not only of interest to astronomers and star-gazers, however.

This eclipse will be the longest in this century and is expected to last for more than 100 minutes. When the moon travels through the darkest region of Earth's shadow-the "umbra"-it glows a reddish-orange colour, hence the term "blood moon".

REUTERS/Darren WhitesideA full moon is seen before the start of a lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia January 31, 2018. Those living in Europe and Africa will be able to see the eclipse during the evening while people in Asia and Australia can see it in the early hours of the morning.

Conspiracy theorists and evangelical Christians fear the lunar eclipse which will take place on July 27 is actually a great big sign which shows humanity that doomsday is on the way. Earth's air also scatters more shorter-wavelength light (in colors such as green or blue); what's left is the longer-wavelength, redder end of the spectrum.

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

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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.

The eclipse will be visible only from the Eastern hemisphere - Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.The last longest eclipse took place on July 16, 2000, and lasted for one hour and 46.4 minutes. 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. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC.

Also, on the night of December 3, 2017, the Earth saw the first of three "supermoons", which appeared quite like the January 1 supermoon. The one thing that sets this eclipse apart will be the duration of totality.

Why Is This Particular Lunar Eclipse So Long?

This is because the full moon happens to coincide next month with the point at which the moon's orbit is furthest away from the earth, so it will take longer to pass through the earth's shadow.

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