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Posted on:    17 May, 2018       Views:  653

Century s longest lunar eclipse on July 27

The July 2018 full moon presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100) on the night of July 27-28, 2018, lasting for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes. (In contrast, the previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018, lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.) A partial eclipse precedes and follows the century’s longest total lunar eclipse, each time lasting 1 hour and 6 minutes. So, from start to finish, the moon takes nearly 4 hours (3 hours and 55 minutes) to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.

Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to witness the event, and those in North and South America may need to book a trip elsewhere if they want to catch a glimpse. The eclipse will be most visible in parts of Africa, the Middle East, India, Australia, and some parts of Europe, IFL Science reported.

In the last century, only four total lunar eclipses had a period totality—the time where the moon is completely eclipsed—that rivaled this summer’s event. This included a lunar eclipse on June 15, 2011 that lasted 100 minutes, one on July 16, 2000 which lasted 107 minutes, an eclipse in July 1982 that lasted 107 minutes and one in July 1935 that lasted 101 minutes,  Space.com reported.
 

Century s longest lunar eclipse on July 27

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