This eclipse will be the longest one of the 21st century, The full eclipse, which has been dubbed the Blood Moon in the press, will last one hour and 43 minutes, and with the partial eclipse and penumbra phases, it will be almost four hours. The total duration of the eclipse is six hours and 14 minutes of which the full eclipse will account for one hour and 43 minutes, officials said. A lunar eclipse is when the earth gets between the sun and the full moon.
"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".
That colour is due to sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the Moon. The researchers for this study propose that in the early days of our solar system, it's possible that meteorites that came in contact with Earth and "blasted off its surface" could have also landed on the moon.
Today, the moon doesn't have an atmosphere but a very thin layer of gases, including sodium and potassium, that try to act like an atmosphere.
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Meanwhile, those in far eastern South America and far western Europe, the total eclipse will be visible as the moon rises on Friday night.
The hype around the Eclipse of July 27 appeared because it will last a long time.
This outgassing activity could have led to the formation of liquid water pools on the moon's surface, while also thickening its atmosphere - which would have kept the pools in place for the aforementioned time interval. Some are claiming this to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century and we will be able to view the whole thing right here in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. People in North America will not be able to see the blood moon.
How often are lunar Eclipse?These events will play out simultaneously over the night sky, on the final hours of July 27, and the early hours of July 28.
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For those in areas from Whanganui to Wellington, there was just a slim chance of glimpsing the totally-eclipsed moon as the sun peeked above the horizon.
At that time, it'll look like the moon has changed color in dramatic fashion, which is why a lunar eclipse is sometimes known as a "blood moon".
The phenomenon will follow the "Super Blue Blood Moon" occurred on January 31 which was termed as a once in a lifetime event combining a supermoon, blue moon and blood moon. This eclipse can be seen from all parts of India.
With the support of Vodafone Malta, the astronomers plan to transmit a YouTube live feed of the eclipse through the telescope, to make this celestial wonder accessible to all local, as well as foreign, news outlets and enable themto cover the event accordingly.
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If clouds and heavy rains do not play spoilsport, then the astro-enthusiasts can watch out for the total lunar eclipse and other planets through the telescopic observation arranged by KSSTM at Priyadarshini Planetariam here, said BSS member and scientist PP Rajeevan. Keen stargazers in east Africa, the Middle East and central Asia are likely to have the best view of the eclipse.