Century’s longest total lunar eclipse occurs July 27

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

A worldwide witness of the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will befall next months calendar, according to reports. The one hour and 43-minute long celestial event will notably feature a “blood moon”, a non-scientific term used to refer to the red shade on a fully eclipsed Moon.

Predestinately, parts of North America and the Pacific Ocean will not be able to partake in the eclipse viewing.

The event on an intermediate night between 27 and 28 July will also outlast the Super Blue Blood Moon that occurred in January by nearly three-quarters of an hour, The Express reported. “A partial eclipse precedes and follows the century’s longest total lunar eclipse, each time lasting one hour and six minutes. So, from start to finish, the moon takes nearly four hours to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow,” the report quoted astronomer Bruce McClure.

Rather than completely disappearing from sight, the Moon this year will wear a red tint during the total eclipse due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere. In what seems like a bizarre coincidence, Mars will also observe the closest distance from Earth in 15 years during the July lunar eclipse.

On July 27, Mars will be in opposition to the Sun, meaning it will be opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky, 51 days before it passes through perihelion, which is its closest point relative to the Sun in its orbit.

As a result, the minimum distance between Mars and Earth will shrink to about 57.58 million kilometers on 30 July. On that day, the Red Planet will shine brightly at magnitude -2.8, which means that it will blaze twice as bright as Jupiter, but dimmer than Venus.

Mars will easily be visible to the unaided eye under a clear sky. The last time the Red Planet appeared close to the Earth was in 2003.