Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28

The full eclipse starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT and ends at 5:13.

It will be a spectacular night as the brilliant planet Mars will be near to the reddish-orange glow of the eclipsed moon, both visible with the naked eye.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres. Scientists call this kind of moon a "blood moon".

Star gazers, rejoice! Catch the longest lunar eclipse of the century in Singapore, on Saturday, 28 July 2018!

The areas of our planet from which this can be experienced are very limited, because the total lunar eclipse must be ongoing at the time of moonset/sunrise.

A red planet glowing next to a red moon - it should be a lovely show. But it won't be visible in Baltimore, or anywhere in North America.

"However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour, hence this event's somewhat ominous moniker". Hailed as the longest lunar eclipse in hundred years, it comes at a time when the moon is at its farthest point from the earth (apogee), causing it to go slower and the eclipse to last longer.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018

Total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of Asia (including Qatar), Africa, Europe, Australia, Southern America, and parts of Northern America.

Unlike solar eclipse, you do not need any special filter to watch a lunar eclipse.

"The moon is not always in ideal alignment with the sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle", Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement.

"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained.

Some of the total phase of the eclipse is visible from the United Kingdom as the Moon rises during the umbral (the Moon's dark inner shadow) part of the eclipse.

In Invercargill, there would be five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. This coloration is due to some sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the Moon, red light standing a better chance of doing so (for the same reason that the sky is blue: shorter wavelengths are scattered more efficiently by the molecules in our atmosphere). "If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red".

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