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Lunar Eclipse July 2018 – The Longest Lunar Eclipse/ Blood Moon of the Century!

23 Jul 2018, 16:42 UTC
Lunar Eclipse July 2018 – The Longest Lunar Eclipse/ Blood Moon of the Century!
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Lunar Eclipse July 2018
Lunar Eclipse July 2018 – July is proving to be a fantastic month for stargazers. This is due to all of the naked eye planets on view, warm star filled skies and a lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) at the end of the month.
This isn’t just any old lunar eclipse though, it’s going to be the longest in over a century!

Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century
The Moon will be at apogee (furthest point away from us in it’s orbit) which means the eclipse will be longer than usual. In fact the longest lunar eclipse this century. This is due to the Moon being further away and taking longer to move through Earth’s shadow.
The eclipse will last for approximately 103 minutes in totality. This is when the Moon is at full eclipse, also known as Umbral eclipse or Blood Moon. This happens when the Moon is in Earth’s shadow – Umbra.
When and Where to Watch
Yes it is visible in the UK as many of my UK followers have asked.
Unfortunately the US and Canada aren’t going to see the eclipse/ Blood Moon this time. ...

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