Blood Moon 2018: Century’s longest Lunar Eclipse seen

Published on July 29, 2018
One of this century's unique celestial happening! Blood Moon 2018 or century’s (2001 AD to 2100 AD) longest total lunar eclipse of 1 hour 43 minutes occurred on July 27-28, 2018.
The rare celestial event was visible from all parts of India.
Blood Moon 2018
  • It was majorly seen in the Eastern Hemisphere including Central Asia, Eastern Africa and South East Asia.
  • The partial eclipse of Moon began on July 27, 2018. 
  • The Moon was gradually covered by Earth’s shadow and totality phase was seen on July 28 and the total eclipse lasted up to 2h 43m. 
  • The Moon came out of Earth’s shadow and the partial eclipse ended on July 28, 2018.

About the Longest Total Lunar Eclipse:

  • In this particular eclipse, the Moon passed through the central part of Earth’s umbral shadow.
  • During this time, Moon was located at apogee (i.e. at farthest from Earth) in its orbit and moved at a slower speed in its orbit.
  • During this transition phase, it took longer time for the Moon and the greater distance of Earth’s umbral shadow to travel, making it the longest duration of total eclipse of this century.
  • Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000 for a total duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and on June 15, 2011 for a total duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.


Q. Which type of century's longest total eclipse of 1 hour 43 minutes occurred on July 27-28, 2018?
a. Solar Eclipse
b. Lunar Eclipse
c. Martian Eclipse
d. None of the above

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