July 2018, the longest eclipse of the century
Updated: Mar 30
Practically everyone in the world will see the longest eclipse of the century on July 27, on that night the full moon will presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
It will last about four hours and be visible across wide swaths of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. The totality, or when the earth’s shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.
This lunar eclipse is primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand). South America, at least in part, can watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset July 27, whereas New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise July 28.
During Penumbral and Partial Eclipse begins the Moon is below the horizon in Italy some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible, however the Full and Maximum Eclipse will be visible in our night sky, approximately between 21:30 and 23:13.
Those lucky enough to see the 2018 lunar eclipse could also be treated to a view of Mars and the Milky Way, which will be to the left of the moon. With the light of the moon blocked by earth’s shadow, it’s the perfect time to view stars and celestial bodies not often seen by the naked eye.