Century's longest lunar eclipse to be visible in Taiwan

Jo Lloyd
June 28, 2018

It has been said that this will be the longest lunar eclipse in a century lasting one hour and 43 minutes.

In India, the eclipse will begin around 2244 (IST).

The eclipse will be visible only in the eastern hemisphere of the world - Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. They usually named a full moon based on some significant event that occurred around that time.

A blood moon - and the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century - will occur on the night of June 27 and the morning of June 28.

The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible to us in the United States will be early next year, January 20-21. If you have a clear view, you'll be able to see Saturn glowing brightly as Earth's orbit brings us directly between Saturn and the sun on Wednesday.

A consolation prize for us here in the United States will be a bright Mars alongside the almost full moon just a few days after the eclipse on July 31.

Now, the theory has picked up the pace again with conspiracy theorists saying that the Blood Moon will wipe out things from Earth.

If you're reading this you've probably seen a lunar eclipse before, but as amateur and professional astronomers know, it's not a "seen one, seen 'em all" situation. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the main event. The moonlight travels through more of Earth's atmosphere typically giving the moon a yellow/orange color.

For those in New York City, the moon will rise 8:05 p.m. and set at 5:06 a.m. There will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra. 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.

This lunar eclipse is so long because of the day it falls on.

Just a few days after the lunar eclipse, Mars will pass by Earth at its closest point to since 2003.

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