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Lunar Eclipse 2018: Are you ready to witness the longest eclipse of the 21st century? Know when and how to see

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 July 2018, 10:06 IST

Are you ready to watch the 21st century’s longest Lunar Eclipse which will also be seen across India on Friday? On 27th July, the professional stargazers would watch the moon being covered by the Earth’s shadow for over six hours.

People are anxiously waiting to watch the eclipse on Friday. People would be able to see the Lunar eclipse for six hours and 14 minutes, with the total phase’ lasting for an hour and 43 minutes.



Know when to watch the Lunar Eclipse in India:

In India, the lunar eclipse will begin at 10:44 pm (17:14 UTC), the total phase of the eclipse will extend from 1:00 am to 2:43 am.



If you are planning to watch this century's longest eclipse then you have to say bye-bye to your bed and have to sit on your terrace or balcony to watch the whole natural phenomena.

There is a possibility for the totality for a lunar eclipse is an hour and 47 minutes.
Earlier, the world witness the longest eclipse was on 16th July 2000 which lasted for 1 hour, 46 minutes and 24 seconds.

This time, Indians will feel lucky as they would watch the total eclipse from start to the end. The other part of the world which will also see this cosmic treat is the Middle East, parts of Russia and Kazakhstan, and the eastern half of Africa. Except for North America, most of the countries would, fortunately, see the eclipse.

On this Lunar Eclipse, the sun, the moon and the earth, all will lie on the straight line with the earth blocking the light from the sun to the moon. The country would witness the ‘supermoon’ or a tiny-looking moon called a ‘micro moon’.

As the monsoon season come to the country so, there might be a possibility that clouds would cover the moon. Therefore, just crossed your fingers and ready to see the natural phenomena.


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First published: 26 July 2018, 9:37 IST