Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27

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Doomsday preachers have been reportedly suggesting that July's blood moon heralds the end of the world, as biblical passages talk about the moon turning the colour of blood prior to the apocalypse - and we have had several such events recently.

The partial eclipse, meanwhile, which comes either side of the main event, will last nearly four hours. For best visibility, it is suggested to view it from locations far away from urban settings, where the sky is the clearest. It will be long because there is both a full moon and a moon apogee happening simultaneously. And you can look to the city skies for the Blood Moon (that's when the Moon is in the Earth's shadow, giving it a reddish tint, btw) on July 27th and the morning of the 28th.

The Strawberry Moon, the first full moon that falls during strawberry season, will hit its peak fullness on Wednesday, June 27 at 9:53 p.m PT and on Thursday, June 28 at 12:53 a.m. ET.

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The eclipse will be visible only in the eastern hemisphere of the world - Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Recent red skies are apparently down to the specific scattering of light particles through the atmosphere. Some years can also have three or four eclipses.

Whether you believe an event like a blood moon has prophetic significance, or is simply part of the way God created the heavenly bodies, it is most certainly an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of Creation.

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The total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27-28 and will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, with 66-minute partial eclipses before and after.

Credit: Fred Espenak/NASA GSFC Why is it the longest of the century? The darkest part of Earth's shadow is called the umbra.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are directly aligned, and the moon's orbit brings it directly into Earth's shadow.

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"The moon can either graze through the cone, or go right through the middle". It is going to be a "blood moon" and it is projected to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. "That [the middle] gets a longer-duration eclipse", he said.