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Blood Moon 2018: Details on the century’s longest total lunar eclipse

The Blood Moon 2018 will last for an hour and forty-five minutes and is expected to be visible in India, parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 26, 2018 6:11 IST ]
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Century’s longest total lunar eclipse on July 27

The world is set to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The phenomenon will take place on the night of July 27 and early hours of July 28. The Blood Moon 2018 will last for an hour and forty-five minutes and is expected to be visible in India, parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

As per the reports, the moon will be in perfect alignment with the sun and Earth. The moon will be in the middle of the Earth and the sun.

People across the globe will also get a chance to witness a deep red Blood Moon, which occurs when the moon is perfectly eclipsed and appears red in colour due to the sunlight.

Mars will be closest to the Earth as in the last 15 years, during the July 27 blood moon.

"The Moon is not always in perfect alignment with the Sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle. You will see the sunrise and sunset of the Earth lighting up the surface of the Moon -- over 350,000 km away. If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun," CNN quoted Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, as saying.

The eclipse will be visible across the globe, except for North America.

It can best be viewed from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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