Century's longest total lunar eclipse will feature a micro moon
Century's longest total lunar eclipse will feature a micro moon
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27 July, 2018, 20:26
On July 27, the world will witness the lunar event of the century as the sun, moon and earth prepare to align in a flawless line for an hour and 43 minutes.
But torrential downpours are forecast in places, with as much as 1.2 inches (30mm) expected to fall in just an hour and 2.4 inches (60mm) in three hours. As a result, it will take the moon or Earth's natural satellite more time to cross Earth's shadow, making the eclipse last longer, reported the Guardian.
IF THE sky is clear, people in Brunei will have the chance to witness two very rare astronomical phenomena - a planetary opposition and a moon eclipse - tomorrow night, said General-Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad.
"What we're seeing is essentially all the sunrises and sunsets on the Earth, dramatically projected onto the surface of the moon", Australian National University astronomer Brad Tucker told AAP. The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer.
The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.
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Explaining about the phenomenon, he said, "Throughout the eclipse, the moon will look a bit reddish".
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The first lunar eclipse of the year arrived in January, presenting a large and bright red moon, but only to spectators in a handful of countries.
You could also get arty and see if you can catch the moon's reflection in, for instance, a window pane.
What a lunar eclipse can look like. But longest lunar eclipse is technically not great, because you can't see the eclipse moving. "Hope it doesn't rain tonight".
Viewers in the Middle East, eastern Africa, southern Asia and India will be in prime position to witness the entire eclipse. The Penumbral Eclipse begins at 22.44 PM IST on July 27. However, existing superstitions and myths among the people in India keeps them from witnessing one of the most handsome phenomenon of universe. So, just listen to your grandma's advice like taking bath or observing fast.
People say one should avoid travelling during the eclipse. "And pregnant women do not get affected at all". Although there isn't any scientific reason behind these, it has been firmly engraved in our culture that the rays, which are more powerful during the eclipse, can affect the baby inside the womb.
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The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer. While other colours in the spectrum are blocked and scattered by the atmosphere, red light tends to make it through easier.
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NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse . Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption At its closest approach, Mars will be 54.6 million km from Earth.
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