Thousands of skywatchers are preparing for the next rare celestial event. The Total Lunar Eclipse of July 27-28 is the next biggest astronomical phenomenon this year.
This is the second and last total lunar eclipse of 2018.
What's more interesting?
The July 2018 full moon presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100) on the night of July 27-28, 2018, lasting for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes.
So, the Moon will be totally eclipsed for about 103 minutes. From beginning to end, it will last for 6 hours and 14 minutes.
This lunar eclipse is primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand). South America, at least in part, can watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset July 27, whereas New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise July 28. North America, most of the Arctic and much of the Pacific Ocean will miss out entirely, as shown on worldwide map below.
The greatest eclipse (20:22 UTC) takes place at or around midnight for Madagascar and the Middle East. Europe and Africa view the greatest eclipse during the evening hours (sometime between sunset and midnight on July 27), whereas most of Asia, Indonesia and Australia view the greatest eclipse in the morning (sometime between midnight and sunrise on July 28).
Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
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Clips, images credit: NASA/JPL, Worldwide map via EclipseWise, timeanddate.com , earthsky.com & nemesis maturity channel own work
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