Lunar Eclipse 27 July 2018

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A week from now!

This will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, fully visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours. It is a rare central lunar eclipse, where part of the Moon passes through the center of the Earth’s shadow.

And the entire eclipse will be visible from start to end in (cloudless) South African skies!

Image: Fred Espenak – NASA

TIMES (South Africa | UTC +2) on 27 July 2018

Penumbral Eclipse begins – 19:14:47
Partial Eclipse begins – 20:24:27
Full Eclipse begins – 21:30:15
Maximum Eclipse – 22:21:44
Full Eclipse ends – 23:13:11
Partial Eclipse ends – 00:19:00
Penumbral Eclipse ends – 01:28:38

The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. That’s because some of the sunlight going through Earth’s atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon’s surface. Earth’s air also scatters more shorter-wavelength light (in colors such as green or blue); what’s left is the longer-wavelength, redder end of the spectrum. (source)

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