The longest total lunar eclipse of the last century was on July 16, 2000 and lasted for 1 hour and 46.4 minutes, according to EarthSky. The totality, or when the earth's shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.
Read Also: Moon replica rises at Mumbai's Gateway of India The partial eclipse of the moon will start around 11.54 pm Indian Standard Time (IST), with the total eclipse beginning at 1 am on July 28.
What is a total lunar eclipse?
When the this happens the moon is eclipsed and refracted sunlight in the atmosphere paints it a deep red or orange hue.
A total solar eclipse occurs on August 21, 2017, at Mary's River Covered Bridge, in Chester, IL, USA.
Eerie as it may be, the moon's face appears rouged for the same reason the sky looks blue to our eyes.
Dubai is all set to witness a total lunar eclipse on the night of July 27, an observatory in Dubai announced. Solar eclipses are typically only seen by a small selection of the earth's population because the shadow cast by the moon is comparatively smaller than that cast by the earth.
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The solar eclipse 2018 which is slated to happen on July 13 will be visible in Western Australia and other neighbouring islands. The moon appeared very large and bright on the second full moon in January.
But the upcoming total lunar eclipse on July 27 is also special because of the duration of its totality.
On July 31st, Mars will be at only 57.6 million kilometers away from Earth, its closest point to our planet in its orbit around the Sun.
Director, Research and Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari said in a statement, "Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be entirely visible from all parts of the country". The longest possible total lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes. People will see a special approach to the Red Planet - Mars, in the month of July, which will be the climax of its approach on the same day eclipse. Now, eclipse-chasers can tune in for a rare lunar version later this month. But during a lunar eclipse, the glow of the moon has a much less intense brightness than the sun.
Describing 2018, as a year of lunar eclipses, Duari said the last total lunar eclipse took place earlier this year on January 31.
A chance to enjoy the closeness of the Red Planet with earth on July 27.
To have an opportunity to view a planet so near...well let's just say it will be more spectacular than any eclipse!