Longest moon eclipse this week

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Colombo University Physics Department Prof. Chandana Jayaratne on Monday (23) said that the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible to people in Sri Lanka on 27 July (Poya Day).

He said the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red colour during this type of eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, Africa, western and central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Western Australia.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow.

This will be the first central lunar eclipse since June 15, 2011.

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