Longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on July 27

Longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on July 27

Longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on July 27

According to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), a total eclipse of the moon will take place this Friday, 27 July...

Keep in mind to look up in the sky later this week because a historic lunar eclipse will be visible in South Africa.

The Royal Astronomical Society said: 'Sometimes the eclipsed moon is a deep red colour, nearly disappearing from view, and sometimes it can be quite bright.

The total eclipse will begin at around 8.30pm in the United Kingdom on July 27 and finish at 10.13pm. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar.

Because of the way the light moves through and bends around our atmosphere and planetary exterior, the light that hits the moon is red.

"Meanwhile the greatest eclipse will be visible at 01-22 PST on July 28 which is going to be a historical moment", the PMD official said. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small.

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However the brightness of the red colour depends on how dirty the atmosphere is due to volcanic eruptions - and experts don't believe this particular blood moon will display a strong red. The Moon will get to the height of the eclipse at around 1.51 am, at which point it would have reached the centre of the Umbra.

At the same time, Mars will hang just below the moon and shine brighter than it ever has in 15 years.

Unfortunately for those in the north of the country and some western areas, light rain is predicted while the east and most of the south is looking clear.

The next total eclipse of the moon will be on January 21 next year in the early hours of the morning.

For the second phase, as the moon continues on its orbit, there will be another partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from around 2:43 am IST. This day will also be a 'Blood Moon, ' where the earth's satellite takes on a reddish hue. Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky.

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