Do Not Miss The Blood Moon 2018! Duration And Date Of The Lunar Eclipse.

July 05, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

The Blood Moon of 2018 will be the longest total eclipse of the century.

Eclipse will last one hour and 43 minutes - almost 40 minutes longer than January 31.

According to astronomer Bruce McClure from, the peak of the eclipse will be around 8.22pm UTC or 9.22pm GMT.

The space expert said: "The blood moon of July 2018 represents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century on the night of July 27-28, 2018, lasting one hour and 43 minutes."

"So, from beginning to end, the moon takes almost four hours to cross the dark, mental shadow of the Earth."

During the eclipse, when the moon passes through the shadow imposed by the Earth, the moon will acquire a dark red color, and not completely disappear from the field of view.

This bizarre effect, known as Rayleigh scattering, cuts off the green and violet light strips in the atmosphere during the eclipse.

Rayleigh scattering is also responsible for the color of the sky, for orange sunsets and even the color of blue eyes.

A partial lunar eclipse will begin at 6.24pm UTC, and the full show will begin in an hour at 7:30 pm UTC.

The total eclipse will end at 9.13pm UTC, and the moon will be visible in all its glory again at 10.19pm UTC.

Why does the lunar eclipse last so long?

In July 2018, the full moon and the lunar apogee fall on the same date on July 27.

Moon apogee is the farthest orbital point of the Moon from the Earth, in which it seems especially small and distant.

Mr. McClure said, "Sometimes the apogee of the full moon, or micro-moon or mini-moon, this smaller and slow-moving full moon takes more time to cross the earth's shadow than the full moon that is closer to Earth and moves faster in orbit.

That's why lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse.

The longest total lunar eclipse lasts one hour 47 minutes.

The moon approached the maximum of the eclipse on July 16, 2000, when the eclipse lasted one hour and 46.4 minutes.

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