Blood Moon 2018: World witnessed longest Lunar Eclipse of the century

On the night of July 27-28, 2018, stargazers across the world witnessed a spectacular celestial phenomenon ‘Blood Moon 2018′. Blood Moon or Total Lunar Eclipse, a rare celestial event, is considered to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century which lasted beyond 100 minutes.

The Blood Moon 2018 was first visible in India from around 10:44 pm, while its capital New Delhi was right between the action of the full total eclipse at around 1 am-midnight which ended at 2.43am. It was majorly seen in the Eastern Hemisphere including Central Asia and Eastern Africa. The best view of the entire eclipse was visible across the Eastern Europe, Central and East Africa and South East Asia.

The first part of the lunar eclipse saw the Moon fall under the Earth’s shadow called Umbra. This part of the eclipse is known as the Penumbral Eclipse. The total lunar eclipse lasted 103 minutes, that is 1 Hour 43 minutes, which made it the century’s longest. It coincided not only with Mars’s close approach but with the “procession of planets”, a line-up of celestial neighbors Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.

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