Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Happens in July

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Happens in July

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Happens in July

Astronomer Bruce McClure said the eclipse will reach its peak around 9.22pm on July 27.

Mars will also appear especially large and bright in the sky that night as it moves towards its closest approach to Earth for 15 years.

The eclipse, which will create a "blood moon", will last for about one hour and 43 minutes.

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The event itself will last almost 4 hours, with official estimates saying the eclipse alone will go on for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, according to a report by the Inquisitr.

The next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, will last 1 hour and 2 minutes. The longest that a lunar eclipse could ever occur is one hour and 47 minutes.

For those that may not be in the know, a blood moon is a very rare astronomical phenomenon that takes place because of a lunar eclipse, which happens when the earth comes in line between the sun and the moon.

Christian John Hagee and Mark Blitz explained that this blood moon is part of a series of unique astronomical events which signal what the Bible predicts in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12.

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Those living in Europe and Africa will be able to see the eclipse during the evening while people in Asia and Australia can see it in the early hours of the morning.

REUTERS/Darren WhitesideA full moon is seen before the start of a lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia January 31, 2018. Meanwhile, only parts of South America will get to witness the final stages of the eclipse, and North America, the Arctic, and numerous fish in the Pacific Ocean won't get to see it at all. It'll be the smallest and furthest full moon of the year, which means the moon will take more time to pass through Earth's dark shadow, making the eclipse last longer.

The eclipse will be visible from the Eastern hemisphere in particular-that's the half of the planet home to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe and Africa.

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