July’s ‘blood moon’ will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century

The eclipse will not be visible from North America

It is going to be visible around the world, with best views from Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.

The total eclipse on Friday July 27 will be the longest of the 21st century - from 2001 until 2100 - spanning one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

'There are different types of lunar eclipse but a total eclipse is the most spectacular and is the only type that causes the moon to appear red'.

During the eclipse, the moon will appear red, giving it the nickname "blood moon".

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The last time a total lunar eclipse lasted almost as long was on July 16, 2000, with a total duration of one hour and 46 minutes.

On the evening of 27 July, we are waiting for a total lunar Eclipse.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon. At that point gradually the obscuration will begin diminishing lastly at about3.58am on July 28, the shroud would be in the fractional stage for one hour and nine minutes, said BM Birla Science Center. "So during totality, those of us on Earth are watching the moon fall in to our shade".

"The red colour comes from light that skims through the Earth's atmosphere and goes off into space", says ANU astronomer Dr Brad Tucker.

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The entire eclipse will also be visible from all parts of India. This is the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. It will be a super moon as well, which is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon's position at it's closest to the Earth. "At 23h13 the moon starts recovering from the eclipse, which will be over by 24h19". This slower moving full Moon will take longer time and greater distance of Earth's umbral shadow cone to travel.

Essentially, the Earth will pass between the Sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the latter and forming a total eclipse.

Because of this, it gives the moon a reddish-orange colour on the moon, which is why it's called a blood moon. Dark Month can be seen with the naked eye.

The whole of North America and Central America will miss out on the eclipse but stargazers in affected countries will have a chance to watch the Virtual Telescope live stream.

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