(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –On the night of July 27-28 is another rare astronomical event as the month’s full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth, marking the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
Based on NASA Eclipse Website, the total lunar eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes – three minutes longer than 20th century’s one hour and 43 minutes which took place on July 16, 2000.
The blood moon event will be visible in areas of South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.
At around 1:14 a.m. on July 28, a Penumbral lunar eclipse will mark the start of the eclipse, which will be followed by a partial one at around 2:24 a.m. A total eclipse will then take place at 3:30 a.m., astronomical website timeanddate.com reports.
The maximum eclipse when the moon is closest to Earth’s shadow will take place at 4: 21 a.m. The total eclipse is expected to end at 5:13 a.m.
The lunar eclipse will take its longest occurrence this century as the moon will be at its farthest distance from earth on the same date, providing a longer time for the moon’s passage.
The last lunar eclipse took place on January 31, which coincided with a supermoon and a blue moon.