July’s Blood Moon Eclipse Will Be The Longest Of The Century, Says Astronomers

While we might not think much of it, the sky does some pretty amazing things. At the end of the month to come something very special will be happening.

Taking place over the course of about two whole hours, the July 2018 total lunar eclipse is going to be quite spectacular.

According to Bruce McClure of EarthSky.Org, the peak will be around 8:22 pm UTC. While most residents here in the US will not be able to watch as it occurs we can see a video of it if we want.

It will occur on the night of July 27th-28th and will be the longest we have had in this century.

This could be a very dark eclipse in itself depending on how the sky appears but will be very interesting regardless.

It will be the longest because the Earth’s shadow is at its widest during this time of year. During this time we will be noticing energetic changes as well. You might notice an incredibly powerful influence over your private life make its way to you.

The Sun being opposite the Moon really puts our instincts and emotions at their peak during a lunar eclipse, especially one of this stature.

According to DailyExpress, it is long because:

In July 2018, the full moon and lunar apogee fall on the exact same date of July 27.

Lunar apogee is the moon’s farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.

Mr. McClure said: “Sometimes called an apogean full moon, or micro-moon or mini-moon, 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.

“That’s why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse.

“The longest possible total lunar eclipse is one hour and 47 minutes.”

The moon came very close to hitting that eclipse maximum on July 16, 2000, when the eclipse lasted one hour and 46.4 minutes.

During the eclipse, the moon will take on that reddish-orange glow that we love so much in regards to ‘blood’ moons.

The best places to view will be European countries and Australia but again, depending on the timing you might be able to catch it where you are.

You can check out a live stream of the eclipse itself on time and date’s website by clicking here. For more information on the event check out the video below.

 

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