Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date, Time in India, significance

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28

Today's event would be followed tomorrow morning by another rare happening - an eclipsed moon that could be visible on one horizon while the Sun rose on the other.

Before we had explanations before what causes the moon to appear red, ancient cultures often feared the worst.

The moon will be obscured as the earth will be between the sun and the moon.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he told AFP. Astronomers often talk about these events, characterized by two celestial bodies appearing very close together in the sky. 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 chandra graham or lunar eclipse will take place on July 27.

"The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm".

However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

While lunar eclipses are treated with curiosity and wonder today, it wasn't always so. By 1am on the 28th, it will be gradually covered by the earth's shadow and remain totally covered till 2.43am, or 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date, Time in India, significance

The red colour is because of the way light travels through the Earth's atmosphere.

So where can you see the total lunar eclipse?

Within six months of the rare astronomical phenomenon of the Super Blood Moon in January, star gazers in Bengaluru are getting set to witness the longest lunar eclipse in a span of 100 years, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.

"While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a couple of times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

Why will the eclipse last so long?

The weather forecast for tomorrow is now predicting patchy cloud but due to the length of this eclipse most people should be able to catch a glimpse at the very least.

A lunar eclipse or chandra grahan occurs when the Earth while orbiting the Sun comes between the Sun and the Moon, stealing the Moon's shine by blocking the sunlight that is reflected by the natural satellite. One should avoid alcohol, non-vegetarian foods, high protein foods etc. And what about other types of eclipses? As such, Mars should be easily seen by the naked eye, even in light-polluted metropolitan areas like Taipei. Also, since it will be a full moon night, Guru Purnima is being observed in India on the auspicious day.

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