Lunar Eclipse July 2018 will be on the 27th, so make sure you keep your eyes glued to the sky on the night of July 27th to witness one of the rarest and most fascinating astronomical events of this century. A lunar eclipse lasting over 1 hour and 43 minutes will greet us on July 27th-28th and is said to be the longest lunar eclipse to occur in 2001-2100. Completely visible from India, the eclipse is an event that you just can’t miss, whether you are an astronomy lover or not.
Over the night of July 27 and July 28, the Moon will fall totally into the Earth’s shadow and the lunar eclipse will be visible in South America, East Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. So what exactly leads to this amazing event? It occurs when no sunlight falls on the surface of the Moon and it is completely under the Earth’s shadow. What happens is that sunlight from the Earth’s surface falls on the surface of the Moon.
The news of Lunar Eclipse July 2018, the one in a lifetime occurrence, was confirmed by the ministry of earth sciences on who said the eclipse lasting just short of two hours will be visible from all parts of India. The partial eclipse is said to begin at 11:54 pm IST with the Earth’s shadow gradually covering up more of the moon till the moon is completely overshadowed by it at 1 am IST.
Lunar Eclipse July 2018 India timings – Sharing details of the upcoming eclipse, the ministry said, The partial eclipse of the moon will begin at 11.54 PM (IST)on July 27. The Moon will be gradually covered by the earth’s shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1 am (IST) on July 28. “The total eclipse will last up to 2.43am (IST) on 28 July. Then the moon will start to gradually come out of Earth’s shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3.49am (IST) on July 28.”
Also known as blue moon due to the reddish-orange color the moon takes on during the eclipse, after being blocked off the sun’s light by the Earth. This lunar eclipse will be 40% longer than any that has taken place in recent times and also coincides on the same day as the Mars opposition which makes the day extra special.
Mars is very close to the eclipsed Moon on July 27/28 and is easy to see with naked eyes. The best Mars opposition since 2003 will occur during the eclipse with the Earth passing between the sun and Mars, placing Mars at opposition in our sky. As Mars is very bright during July and August of this year, it will be very easy to catch sight of the Red Planet, making two red celestial bodies visible to us at the same time!