Longest total lunar eclipse of the century: What you need to know



On July 27, observers in Africa, the middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean will see a total eclipse lasting an incredible 1 hour and 43 minutes.

"Also that week, Mars is at the closest it's been since 2003, so Mars will be really bright in the sky". Since Earth is closer to the sun, it orbits faster than Mars.

During opposition the planet will bask in direct sunlight, making it incredibly easy to spot among the stars with the naked eye.

Because Mars and Earth orbit the sun at different speeds and distances, their orbits are hardly aligned. Every two years, the three celestial bodies form a straight line-an event known as opposition.

Already Mars is unusually bright.

She wrote on EarthSky.org: "Remember Mars in 2003?" This time, Mars will be 35.8 million miles (57.6 million km) away and will be 10 times brighter than usual. It can outshine most stars. As per Begley, the upcoming lunar eclipse will mark the final page in the history of humanity, and he made it clear that these predictions are being derived after thoroughly analyzing biblical prophecies. Is it in anyway connected to Mars at opposition?

Total lunar eclipses occur roughly about twice a year and the last total eclipse fell on the night of January 31 this year - the Super Blue Blood Moon combo.

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While Mars will look much brighter than usual, don't believe the hoax saying that Mars will be as big as the full moon. What causes this sudden change?

"Whenever, the Sun, Earth and Moon come in a ideal straight line, as the Sun's rays falls on the Earth, the Earth's shadow falls onto a patch of space, and only when, the Moon enters that patch of shadow, we see a lunar eclipse", he said.

"Because it's the full moon, the Moon sets when the Sun rises".

This happens because the moon's orbit around the planet is slightly titled relative to the sun.

About twice a year however, the moon's position relative to the sun and the stars changes just enough to pass through Earth's shadow. The "blood moon" is the longest total lunar eclipse of this century when the moon will be seen coloured in a reddish hue.

Director, Research and Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari told PTI, "Viewers in India are lucky, since the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be entirely visible from all parts of the country".

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