Century's Longest Lunar Eclipse Happening This Weekend

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This Friday, July 27, the earth will cast a shadow over the full moon  For almost two hours,  103 minutes to be exact, the usually silvery moon will turn blood red and ochre. It will be the longest “blood moon” lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 26 minutes longer than the last total lunar eclipse that happened in January.

There are good news and bad news though, the good news is that unlike other eclipses this one will be visible to almost everyone around the globe. The bad news is that people in North America will not be able to see it at all (save for a slice of Newfoundland, Canada).

Sadly, by the time night falls in North America,  the eclipse will already have ended. The moon will have finished traversing Earth’s shadow, or umbra. The next time people in North America will be able to see a Lunar eclipse will be January 21, 2019.

For those that live in any other continent  all you have to do in order to see this natural marvel is to go outside at 17:14 Universal time (1:14 pm ET) and look for the moon. That’s when the partial phase of the eclipse starts. The full eclipse begins at 19:30 UTC and as stated before will last a full hour and 43 minutes! (Check out precisely when the eclipse will occur where you live on TimeandDate.com.)

If for some reason you can not go outside during this time you can of course stream the event, it is 2018 after all. The astronomy education website Slooh will live-stream coverage of the eclipse starting at 1 pm Eastern on July 27. Watch it right here.

For those who can't wait here is a time laps video of the previous blood moon:

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