Lunar Eclipse on 27th July – A Striking Scientific Incident Set To Rock 21st Century

Megha Goswami


New Delhi : 


Are you in love with eclipses and awaiting eagerly this century’s longest lunar eclipse on 27th July? Well, for all the enthusiasts out there, the moon is all ready to present a striking appearance presenting a mesmerizing scene. The moon will turn red in color and this phenomenon is known as the ‘Blood Moon.’ This occurs when the Sun, The Earth, and The Moon directly align with each other.


27th July – The Longest Lunar Eclipse


The full moon on the night of the 27th July will last for 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds. This lunar eclipse will be much more than 2018’s other lunar eclipses that lasted for around 1 hour and 16 minutes.


This year was special when it comes to celestial treats. Earlier this year, the human world was lucky enough to witness the trilogy of super moons and now they will be enjoying the longest lunar eclipse of not the year but of the century.


Not only the scientific world but even the common man on the streets is pretty much excited to view the phenomenon. All parts of India would be able to witness this mesmerizing spectacle as per the Ministry of Earth Science.



The partial eclipse of the Moon will initiate at 11:45 pm on 27 July and the Earth’s shadow will be covering the Moon at around 1 am IST on July 28. The Moon will then be coming out of the Earth’s shadow gradually and the eclipse will end at 3:49 AM.


The lunar eclipses take place when the sun’s light is disrupted by the Earth’s shadow, which otherwise is reflected off the moon’s surface. Moreover, there are three types of eclipses – penumbral, partial, and total. The total lunar eclipse is definitely the most interesting celestial event. The next long lunar eclipse is scheduled to take place on 9 July 2123.


Thus, this lunar eclipse has become a matter of great interest for this generation of human species.
If you want to view the eclipse, then India, Meddle East, Eastern Africa, and Southern China would be the best places. However, cloudy skies may appear as a hindrance for the eclipse. So, let us pray that rains do not foil the brilliantly set celestial game of lunar eclipse.


Another exciting aspect of the lunar eclipse is that even the Earth would be passing between the Mars and the Sun. This will place Mars at the opposition in our skies. So, in the same night, not only are the Moon, the sun, and the Earth aligned but the same goes for the Mars and the Earth as well.


So, just picture this! On 27th July, the Moon will appear to be red in color and at the same time Mars would also turn red and brighter in color.


We at Newschrome wish you great viewing of the century’s longest lunar eclipse! Happy Viewing!

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