Tomorrow's Lunar Eclipse Will Make History. Here's What Makes It So Special

Tomorrow's Lunar Eclipse Will Make History. Here's What Makes It So Special

Tomorrow's Lunar Eclipse Will Make History. Here's What Makes It So Special

A rare total lunar eclipse - expected to be the longest in the 21st century - is set to take place on Friday that will see the Earth's natural satellite turn blood red.

A significant celestial event will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow night as the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth for 103 minutes, turning it a deep shade of red.

Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases.

Before we had explanations before what causes the moon to appear red, ancient cultures often feared the worst.

"It is a very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night", said Mr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse from the Mediterranean Sea.

The eclipse, however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific.

In India, people believe that one should not consume food during the lunar eclipse as many have religious beliefs while some have scientific believes. Will there be any positive or negative impact of this astronomy incident?


To figure out exactly when to watch for the total lunar eclipse where you are, you can plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer for all the details. There are a lot of myths related to Chandra Grahan in India but if you are a skygazer it doesn't really matter. This eclipse is a total lunar eclipse, which means it will be particularly red.

The world will witness the longest total lunar eclipse of this century on July 27, 2018. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon. Astronomers are expecting the blood moon to last one hour and 43 minutes.

The Moon will pass right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he said.

During the total eclipse, which began at 7:30am, the Moon would have changed colour to between dark brown and blood red.

Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3h 49m IST on July 28.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123.

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