Remember the 2017 solar eclipse? That was amazing, right? Well, the moon is going to repeat that majestic performance with the longest lunar eclipse of this century.
The eclipse will occur for four hours on Friday, July 27th, 2018. Hooray, right? Downside is that we won't be able to see this celestial marvel in the United States. :'(
A lunar eclipse, known as a "blood moon" due to its ominous red shade, happens when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon. The red glow comes from Earth’s shadow moving over the moon, blocking the sunlight that the moon usually reflects, which gives the moon its eerie glow.
As Time reported;
“Totality is the moment that the moon is passing through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow,” Dr. Jackie Flaherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, tells TIME. “I think most people can relate to what it’s like to hang back in a shadow. On sunny days many of us head for the shade, maybe a tree or a building or even another person. Believe it or not, giant celestial bodies like the Earth and the moon also cast shadows out in space. The sun is the flashlight and the planets are rigid bodies that can block the beaming sun rays. So during totality, those of us on Earth are watching the moon fall in to our shade.”
Below are the times you can see the eclipse, as quoted by Time. Sorry fellow Americans, we're left out of this one.
Central and Eastern Africa
The entire eclipse will be visible in Central and Eastern Africa, with totality beginning in major cities like Cairo and Nairobi at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time, respectively.
The total eclipse will start in Eastern European hubs like Bucharest and Moscow at 10:30 p.m. local time.
The Middle East
Limassol and Dubai will offer some of the best views of the full eclipse beginning at 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m local time.
Central and Southeast Asia
Stargazers in New Delhi should look to the sky at 1 a.m. local time for totality while those in Bangkok can catch the lunar phenomenon at 2:30 a.m.
In Perth, the total eclipse will become visible around 3:30 a.m. local time.
For more detailed information on exactly when you can view the July 2018 lunar eclipse, plug your location into NASA’s Lunar Eclipse Explorer.