Total lunar eclipse around the world

Minnie Murray
July 28, 2018

The moon will begin to appear reddish around 18:24 GMT as it moves into the main part of the Earth's shadow.

The July 27, 2018, lunar eclipse will put the moon fully in Earth's shadow for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds.

Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases.

The moon disappeared behind clouds at the crucial moment.

"During a very dark eclipse the moon may be nearly invisible". The earth comes in between the sun and moon, while the crossing shadows when falls on the moon, creates this celestial happening.

The long duration of totality is also caused by the fact that the Earth is farthest from the Sun around the time of the eclipse.

Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the USA since 1979 last August. While many in the world consider this just a scientific or astronomical celestial activity, however, in India, lunar eclipse has a significant importance in terms of believes and practices.

Blood moon is a name given to the moon during a lunar eclipse.


While this morning's lunar eclipse was long, they can be longer - up to one hour and 47 minutes. Generally, there are three lunar eclipses occurring in any given location per year, though some years there can be none.

The full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth and for 103 minutes the moon will turn varying shades of red.

Apart from being called the red Moon, it is also known as Sturgeon, Hay, or Mead Moon. However, there still is a way using which it is possible to view the "blood moon" - live stream on YouTube. In Somalia, some hurried to mosques for special prayers often observed during lunar eclipses.

A skygazer in Sydney watches the blood moon.

A lunar eclipse of a full "blood moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 27. This eclipse is a total lunar eclipse, which means it will be particularly red. But fret not, as in this technology-driven world, watching the night skies is no problem even if your view of the eclipse is not as clear as you would want it to be. People can view the moon between 11.30 p.m. and 3 a.m. depending on conditions in the sky.

The red planet will appear brighter and bigger than usual.

According to National Geographic, an Inca myth told the story of a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon (giving it its red colour).

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