SA to witness longest lunar eclipse of the century this week

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In fact it will be this century's longest lunar eclipse and will be able to be seen across Thailand on July 27-28 between 00.14-6.10 am.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from start to finish from anywhere in Africa is in 2025 and is expected to start at 18h27. However, the totality will only last for one hour and 43 minutes of that time, just shy of the longest possible totality length of one hour and 47 minutes.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

Different phases of the lunar eclipse will be visible across much of Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Australia at various points in time on July 27.

The total eclipse will begin at around 8.30pm in the United Kingdom on July 27 and finish at 10.13pm. This glorious sight occurs because of the way sunlight bends (refracts) through the Earth's atmosphere. This eclipse will be the last one we see in Australia until May 2021, so astronomy enthusiasts should set their alarms for the early morning wake-up. This makes the moon appear red to people on Earth.

A'super blue blood moon seen in Rosaria near Santa Fe
A'super blue blood moon seen in Rosaria near Santa Fe

Eclipse Medication: Find a place outdoors or by a window where you can sit with a clear view of the Moon. It should be visible in Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, etc, but the weather forecast will end up playing a role in this. It will be a super moon as well, which is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon's position at it's closest to the Earth.

What exactly is a blood moon? During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth.

Sky Live TV will broadcast the lunar eclipse from Hess, Namibia and has the option for Spanish commentary also. We will not be able to see the eclipse in Jacksonville, or in any of North America. That color is where the term "blood moon" comes from. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

- We were lucky in Ukraine can be observed in nearly all phases of the total lunar Eclipse.

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