Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse

Conspiracy theorists and evangelical Christians fear the lunar eclipse which will take place on July 27 is actually a great big sign which shows humanity that doomsday is on the way.

This eclipse will be the longest in this century and is expected to last for more than 100 minutes.

On the night of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to the longest lunar eclipse set to occur in the 21st century, EarthSky reports. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the main event.

Astronomers say the eclipse lasts so long because it will pass directly into the darkest region of Earth's shadow.

It continues: 'The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the awful day of the Lord come'.

The eclipse will last almost 40 minutes longer than the January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon, which was the longest total lunar eclipse of the year until then, reported. The eclipse will be viewable throughout the world. It will appear either deep red or orange in the sky. This weird phenomenon is known as "Rayleigh scattering" filters out bands of green and violet light in the atmosphere during an eclipse.

There have typically been two lunar eclipses a year, but not all of them are total eclipses. Some years can also have three or four eclipses.

This lunar eclipse is so long because of the day it falls on. That's just a few minutes shorter than the maximum possible eclipse, and the length of an average movie, for those who'd rather get outside and look at the skies, rather than stare at a screen indoors. When this happens, the Moon will not completely disappear from view under the shadow, it does however, take on a deep red, nearly burnt orange colour.

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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