Longest Eclipse of the Century Coming End of July, But the US Will Miss Out


Get Ready for Longest Lunar Eclipse of this Century
  • The eclipse on the night of July 27-28 will last a full 1 hour, 43 minutes.
  • It will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
  • It will be visible to people living in the Eastern Hemisphere. North America will not be able to see it.


The longest total lunar eclipse this century will adorn the night sky at the end of July, but the U.S. will miss out on this one. 


On the night of July 27-28, the Earth will completely block the sun’s light on the surface of the moon for a total lunar eclipse that will last a full 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest of the 21st century, Earth Sky reports.


The moon will remain under the earth’s shadow for a total of nearly 4 hours. 


The eclipse will be visible to people living in the Eastern Hemisphere, meaning Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. North America, most of the Arctic and much of the Pacific Ocean will miss out entirely, Earth Sky reports. 


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Madagascar and the Middle East will have the best view of the eclipse around midnight. Europe and Africa can view the eclipse during the evening hours, while most of Asia, Indonesia and Australia will have the best view in the morning.


The last lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, 2018, which was known as the Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse, lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes. The longest possible total lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

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From the eclipse’s start to its finish, the moon will take 3 hours and 55 minutes to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.


Astronomers say the eclipse lasts so long because it will pass directly into the darkest region of Earth’s shadow. The next total lunar eclipse on Jan. 21, 2019, will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.


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