See the Longest Lunar Eclipse of This Century

CLEVELAND- The longest lunar eclipse of the century happens later this month, but you'll need to start making travel plans if you want to see it. The totality, or when the earth's shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

Because the line of view is directed at the moon instead of the sun, lunar eclipses, unlike solar eclipses, are completely safe for full frontal viewing.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's disk can take on a dramatically colourful appearance from bright orange to blood red and more rarely dark brown to very dark gray, depending upon the part of the Earth's shadow it would be passing through. To avoid the consequences, subjects were dressed up as the king and put to death if they didn't die from the lunar eclipse itself.

The eclipse will also be partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes.

A lunar eclipse, often called a "blood moon", is rare because it requires a flawless alignment of the Earth, moon and the sun.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit". One can use eye protection like sunglasses, x-ray film or special eclipse glasses to witness the eclipse.

Not everyone will be able to see the long-lasting lunar spectacle, however. This month, the moon will go through the center of the shadow, extending the duration of the eclipse. If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the moon occurs. But during a lunar eclipse, the glow of the moon has a much less intense brightness than the sun.

The U.S. will have to wait until July 2020 to experience a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. However, the solar eclipse will be partially visible in India, which is further called partial social eclipse or Anshik Surya Grahan.

Protective eyewear was recommended during the solar eclipse to protect people's eyes from the bright light of the sun.

The full moon would plunge deeply into the Earth's shadow on the night of July 27-28 when the distance of the Moon from the Earth just before the eclipse would be around 406,223 kilometre, he said.

"All you need on that morning, because the Moon's quite low in the sky, you will need an unobstructed view to the horizon, and you well also need good weather".

It would be possible to see the eclipse throughout New Zealand, provided the sky was clear, Griffin said.

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