Nigeria and most other parts of the world will on July 27, 2018 experience blood moon- a spectacular total lunar eclipse.
It will last a full one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, making it the longest eclipse of its kind this century.
According to a report by DailyMailUK Online, the lunar event, which takes place on July 27, will be visible to most people living in the Eastern hemisphere and will last for 103 minutes - four minutes short of the longest possible duration an eclipse could last. The partial eclipse will begin at 11:54 PM IST and the total eclipse will start at 1 AM on July 28.
For those who aren't able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July has another treat in store for skygazers. Fortunately, due to the geographical location of India, both of the lunar eclipses can be seen from naked eyes.
The lunar eclipse will be visible to most areas in Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean region, as quoted in AJC website, July 2.
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Mathematically, the longest an eclipse could ever last is one hour 47 minutes, and the longest eclipse of the 20th Century (1901-2000) happened on July 16, 2000.
According to Mikayilov, the lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Azerbaijan.
The last lunar eclipse took place on January 31 2018, lasting nearly one hour and 16 minutes. From start to finish, the moon will take almost 4 hours to cross the Earth's dark umbral shadow, EarthSky reported. The moon will take shades from right orange to blood red.
In spite of this the upcoming total lunar eclipse counts as a whopper because the most distant and smallest full moon of the year passes through the centre of the earth's shadow, which is at its widest in July.
During a lunar eclipse, the moon appears to be red because it lines up perfectly with the Earth and sun such that the Earth's shadow totally blocks the sun's light.