Get ready for the Blood Moon

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by Urs Raber

Blood Moon lunar eclipse

This Blood Moon lunar eclipse 2018 is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The moon sails across the night from the east to the west. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's orbit is directly between the Sun and the Moon. When this happens, the earth blocks the light from the moon and darkens the moon with the shadow of the earth. This eclipse is called blood moon, due to the fact that the Moon’s disk will take up an orangish to blood red hue, depending upon the part of the Earth’s shadow it would pass through.


This celestial events will take place on July 27. The Partial Eclipse begins at 21:24h and the total Eclipse will be visible from 22:30h till 00:13h local time. Click here for the detailed timetabel.

How to watch

According to scientists, it is safe to look directly at the lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the light emitted from the moon is much less intense than what is emitted during a solar eclipse.


Photos by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

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