Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27

Despite its ominous name, a blood moon is just another way to describe a lunar eclipse in which the Moon passes behind Earth and travels into its shadow.

Meanwhile, the January 31 sighting of a Super Blue Blood Moon and a total lunar eclipse occurred in India for the first time after 1982. This was visible mostly in the USA and Canada, and only involved a full moon, which was the first of 2018. Meanwhile, only parts of South America will get to witness the final stages of the eclipse, and North America, the Arctic, and numerous fish in the Pacific Ocean won't get to see it at all.

Doomsday preachers have been reportedly suggesting that July's blood moon heralds the end of the world, as biblical passages talk about the moon turning the colour of blood prior to the apocalypse - and we have had several such events recently.

The event itself will last almost 4 hours, with official estimates saying the eclipse alone will go on for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, according to a report by the Inquisitr.

The total eclipse is set to last for 1 hour and 43 minutes.

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The blood moon lunar eclipse will be visible across much of Europe and Asia, as well as Australia and parts of North and South America, on the night of July 27 and early morning of July 28. This eclipse will be 40 minutes longer than the previous super blue "blood moon" in January 2018. Also, a "blood moon" occurs during a lunar eclipse, when the Earth comes between the Moon and the Sun, and casts its shadow over it. The event will be directly visible in most parts of Europe and its surrounding regions, so those in other parts of the world might have to simply enjoy the extremely rare celestial event through live news coverage or watch it online. The total eclipse will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. EDT (1930 to 2113 GMT). "That [the middle] gets a longer-duration eclipse", he said.

Why it is called a blood moon?

Lunar apogee is the moon's farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

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