Sri Lankans to witness longest lunar eclipse


Sri Lankans to witness longest lunar eclipse

The world will witness a rare celestial event on Friday - the longest lunar eclipse of the century that will last one hour and 45 minutes.

The lunar eclipse will end at 11.14pm, with a total duration of one hour and 42 minutes.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly behind the earth and the moon is eclipsed by the shadow of the earth.

"The moon is always in flawless line with the Sun and the Earth, so we don't get a lunar Eclipse in every lunar cycle, said brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Research school of astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian national University".

As this happens, some part of the Moon will not be visible to stargazers, resulting in a partial lunar eclipse. "The totality itself will last for an hour and 43 minutes".

The moon also moves slower when it is farthest from Earth.

The best views will be in Africa and Asia, but folks in Europe, South America and Australia will still get partial views.

The Blood Moon is set to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century, and it's happening this Friday. It's called a blood moon because the moon appears to be red. The shadow cast by the moon is much smaller than that produced by our own planet. So, from start to finish, the moon spends almost 4 hours crossing under Earth's dark shadow.

Sky Live TV will broadcast the lunar eclipse from Hess, Namibia and has the option for Spanish commentary also.

Andrew explained that the eclipse in the city will start at 9.38pm.

The partial eclipse begins at 18:24 UTC (Universal Time), the total eclipse begins at 19:30 UTC, and the greatest eclipse will be at 20:22 UTC.

So if you are Brittany or Normandy don't get your hopes up.

Moreover, astronomy enthusiasts will also be able to see planet Mars along with the total lunar eclipse at the same time. Contrary to belief, Lunar Eclipse can be seen by the naked eye, and people won't have to use a special equipment and/or glasses to watch the moon. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

However, not all of Australia will be able to see the entire eclipse.



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