Saudi Arabia to witness 21st century's longest total lunar eclipse on Friday

Christopher Davidson
July 23, 2018

The second Blood Moon of the year will grace the night skies with its presence this Friday, July 27, in the late afternoon hours.

The total eclipse will clock in at one hour and 43 minutes, with additional partial and penumbral eclipsing, making it the longest lunar eclipse of the century. While the partial phase is between 11.54 and 1am, and 2.43 to 3.49am, the period of totality is between 1am and 2.43am.

Residents in Australia will be able to see the lunar eclipse as the moon sets, while those in eastern Brazil and western Europe can see it as the moon is rising. The lunar eclipse will also be visible in India, and this will be a "Blood Moon" as well, where the Earth's satellite takes on a reddish tinge.

Astronomers have been unusually lyrical in describing what they will see. The LRO was launched in June 2009 to provide detailed maps to identify "safe and interesting" landing sites on the moon for future human and robotic exploration. And on July 31, the Red Planet will be the closest to Earth that it's been since 2003. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.

The next lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America will be next winter: January 21, 2019.

Although the moon is in Earth's shadow, some sunlight still reaches the moon.

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The next total lunar eclipse will take place on January 21, 2019. This phenomenon will also take place alongside the Blood Moon.

And the sunlight that does manage to pass through Earth's atmosphere and reach the moon makes the moon look red - because most of the blue light has been filtered out by Earth's atmosphere, NASA said.

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This means that Earth's shadow will already be crossing the lunar surface when the moon climbs above the south-eastern horizon about 8:50pm.

The first part of the lunar eclipse will see the Moon fall under the Earth's shadow.

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