Longest lunar eclipse of the century happening this week

Christopher Davidson
July 24, 2018

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is happening on Friday, but we won't be able to see it here.

The eclipse won't be visible from North America, Noah Petro, a scientist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told ABC News.

In total, the full lunar eclipse will last one hour and 42 minutes, the longest it will be this century.

By 3.49am IST, the last stage of the partial eclipse will conclude and the penumbral eclipse will see the moon return to normal by 4.58am IST.

The greatest eclipse will be admired at 9.22 p.m. CET.

Tune in starting at 2:24p.m. (Jacksonville time) to see the partial eclipse.

The total eclipse will start in Eastern European hubs like Bucharest and Moscow at 10:30 p.m. local time. Sometimes Earth moves between the sun and the moon. Stargazers across large swaths of the globe had the chance to witness a rare "super blue blood Moon" on January 31, 2018, when Earth's shadow bathed our satellite in a coppery hue. There isn't slated to be another total lunar eclipse that long until the year 2123.

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The part of Canada with the best vantage point of the total lunar eclipse will be from Newfoundland, just as the Moon rises at night.

It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse without any protective eyewear.

The lunar phenomenon will grace the night skies this Friday, July 27, in the evening hours. Although the moon is in Earth's shadow, some sunlight reaches the moon.

"This will have the effect of turning the moon a blood red, although the actual colour will depend on the amount of dust and smoke present in our atmosphere at the time".

This makes the moon appear red to people on Earth.

Find out more on how to see the Blood Moon eclipse in India right here. Although there are three partial solar eclipses this year, none are visible in the U.S. It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse. If an area of the moon's surface is flat, it will cool quickly.

NASA also studies solar eclipses. The corona is the sun's top layer.

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