Longest total lunar eclipse of the century: What you need to know

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This month's 'blood moon' eclipse to be the longest of the century

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018.

But what about the total lunar eclipse at the end of the month?

The reason this lunar eclipse will be a particularly long one is because the moon will be passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow, while the moon is at a particularly distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit. Not only was it an eclipse, but it became a Super Blue Blood Moon because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month. During the eclipse, the moon will enter the shadow of the earth for about four hours, and the event will be seen clearly across at least three continents, officials said. The entire event will be almost 4 hours long, and the moon will be a deep red or reddish brown color.

What makes this lunar eclipse longer than the others? The moon can either just make it inside Earth's shadow, or it can travel directly through the middle of its darkness. On top of that, the moon will be at the furthest point from Earth along its orbit.

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Eerie as it may be, the moon's face appears rouged for the same reason the sky looks blue to our eyes.

The astronomical event will be visible from Australia as it's beginning, and from eastern South America as it's ending. Eastern). The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the total eclipse, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC (4:22 p.m.

"The previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018, didn't last as long (1 hour and 16 minutes) because the moon passed to the south of shadow's center; and the next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, won't be as long either (1 hour and 2 minutes) because it'll pass to the north of the shadow's center". However, the U.S. East Coast, Europe and most of South America and Africa were out of luck for the full eclipse, only getting a partial view.

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