Total lunar eclipse expected on July 28

Bloody Moon

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse will be on July 27

It is said the full eclipse will last over an hour and 30 minutes, whereas the partial eclipse would last over an hour. The moon will bear a reddish tinge during the eclipse, giving it the name Blood Moon.

A tropical storm internationally named "Maria" is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday night or Monday morning, heralding a bigger weather event-a total lunar eclipse at the end of the month.

As with previous similar eclipses, the Moon will take on a coppery-orange colour before disappearing completely into the shadow of the Earth.

Director, Research and Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari said in a statement, "Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be entirely visible from all parts of the country". A total lunar eclipse lasts a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts only a few minutes as viewed from any given place, due to the smaller size of the Moon's shadow.

The total lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses.

What causes a long-lasting total lunar eclipse?

At the end of the month, Mars makes a close approach to Earth, reaching the point in its orbit when it is closet to our planet.

On April 15, 2014, there was a total lunar eclipse which was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad; a second one took place on October 8, 2014, the third one on April 4, 2015, and the remaining one took place on September 27, 2015. The Earth's atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red.

After witnessing the Super Blue Moon eclipse, which was seen in January this year.Now on 27 July, people are going to witness new Super Blue Moon eclipse.

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