News July 20, 2018 at 04:00 pm

You will see the moon turn blood red later this month if you are in these areas

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins July 20, 2018 at 04:00 pm

July 20, 2018 at 04:00 pm | News

In the first central lunar eclipse since June 15, 2011, the moon is slated to pass through the earth’s shadow again on July 27. This eclipse will be the longest lunar eclipse on earth, expected to last for one hour and 43 minutes.

Lunar eclipse

If you’re in South America, eastern Africa, the Middle East and central Asia you will be in for a treat, as the eclipse will be visible from these parts of the world.

If you aren’t fortunate to be in any of the regions mentioned above, you can still view the phenomenon at TimeAndDate.com during a live stream beginning at 2 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC).

The blood moon’s name is derived from the deep shade of crimson that is seen during a lunar eclipse.

The next total lunar eclipse is predicted to be occurring on Jan. 21, 2019. It will be visible from North America, South America, portions of Europe, Africa and the central Pacific. The period of totality during this eclipse will last for one hour and two minutes.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly behind the earth and into its shadow.  It can occur only during the night of a full moon.

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