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Blood Moon on July 27: longest total lunar eclipse of the century

In July, the residents of almost all the continents of the Earth will be able to witness a unique phenomenon
09:43, 27 July 2018

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The Earth is in waiting of a total lunar eclipse. It will occur on July 27 and it going to be unique.

The thing is that it is going to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Almost all the people on the planet will be able to see it. Except for the population of one continent.

As we approach this remarkable event, we will tell you what to expect.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

The lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. A total lunar eclipse happens in case the moon enters the shadow of the Earth completely.

The main difference from the solar eclipse is that the view of the shadowed Moon is the same in every place of the Earth it is visible. Unlike solar eclipse that can only be seen on the limited territory.

One of the most famous terms associated with lunar eclipses is the Blood Moon.

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What is the Blood Moon?

The ‘Red’ or ‘Blood’ Moon appears because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the Moon's surface. Earth's air also scatters more shorter-wavelength light (in colors such as green or blue); what's left is the longer-wavelength, redder end of the spectrum. That’s quite a rare phenomenon.  

When and where one could see the lunar eclipse on July 27?

The total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27 2018. It will last around 103 minutes.

It will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2018 after the one in January.

The eclipse will be observed in Eastern Africa, Central and Sothern Asia and Antarctic.

In South America, West Africa and Europe, the eclipse will begin with the rising of the Moon, in East Asia and Australia - on the contrary, with its setting.

Only the people in North America Eclipse will not be able to see it.

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Will Ukrainians be able to see the eclipse?

Yes, they will. It will be best visible in the eastern regions of Ukraine.

It is better to start observing to eclipse around 22:00 pm Kyiv time.

Is it safe to watch the lunar eclipse?

Unlike with solar eclipses, you need no special equipment to observe lunar eclipses. The lunar eclipses are safe to view directly with the naked eye as you will not be seeing the Sun, but its light reflected from the Moon.      

So there is no risk to damage your eyes with the direct sun rays.

To see the lunar eclipse better, you can use telescopes or binoculars.

Anyway, let us wait and see.

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