Astronomers and stargazers from across the world are eagerly waiting for July 2018, as the world is about to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century in the next month – popularly named to be the Blood Moon.
The countdown for the rare astronomical event – the Blood Moon has already begun as it is about to occur on the night of July 27-28 next month. The celestial event of longest lunar eclipse will be much more than just a treat to watch the event, as the total lunar eclipse will also feature a “blood moon” phenomena as per which during the eclipse the sunlight will be scattered throughout the Earth’s atmosphere. According to the estimates made by the officials the entire event of total lunar eclipse in July this year will run for an approximate time of 1 hour and 43 minutes which is more by almost three quarters of an hour than the Super Blue Blood Moon combination that occurred earlier in January this year.
As per the information from Bruce McClure, an astronomer of EarthSky.org, the lunar eclipse will reach its zenith at sometime around 8:22 p.m. UTC or Coordinated Universal Time which is near about 4:22 p.m. EDT or Eastern Daylight Time. Sadly, people residing in North America will have to compromise with a high-definition video of the eclipse as it occurs where as those from the European Union and neighbouring areas will be fortunate enough to witness the rare astronomical event ‘live’ as it happens.
The probable lunar position in the month of July showcases a period of time wherein the Moon will be at its farthest orbital point away from Earth due to which it will appear much smaller as well as very distant. The coincidental factors which relate to the particular alignment of the celestial bodies for maximum visual effect during the occurrence of this event will not repeat during our lifespan, which gives us a reason to witness this very special astronomical event.