Celestial lovers are in for a treat as a lunar eclipse will appear in the sky on the night of July 27. It is when the moon will move into the shadow of the Earth for the century’s longest lunar eclipse. According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last for one hour and 42 minutes and a partial eclipse that precedes and follows for a duration of three hours and 54 minutes.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon. As a result, the sunlight gets blocked from reaching the Moon’s surface casting a shadow over it. The longest lunar eclipse of the century will be seen on the night of July 27 and the wee hours of July 28. The eclipse will be visible from across the globe, except North America. It will be visible from India for a duration of one hour 42 minutes. Some parts of North-East India may not be able to see the entire lunar eclipse. On the same day, the world will also witness a gorgeous phenomenon called the Blood Moon when the moon acquires a reddish hue.
On January 31, 2018, the world witnessed its first lunar eclipse of the year, the Super Blue Blood Moon, when the moon appeared red in colour and bigger in size. It was the first time in 152 years when the three phenomenon – a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon – coincided.
When will the lunar eclipse visible?
The first part of the eclipse will be visible from 11:54 pm on July 27. The total lunar eclipse is estimated to set in from 1 am on July 28. The second phase will begin from 2:43 am when a partial lunar eclipse will be visible.
What are the timings for the Eclipse?
The timings for India are as follows:
Moonrise: 6:59 pm on July 27
Partial eclipse begins: 11:54 pm on July 27
Total lunar eclipse: 1 am on July 28
Maximum eclipse: 1:51 am on July 28
Totality ends: 2:43 am on July 28
Partial eclipse ends: 3:49 am on July 28
Next lunar eclipse
The next lunar eclipse will be seen on December 31, 2028.
Dos and don’ts during the lunar eclipse
It is believed that lunar eclipse has an impact on the human body system – physically and psychologically. There are several beliefs and practices related to lunar eclipse. Here we list a few:
- One should avoid eating food and drinking water during the eclipse.
- One should avoid travelling during the eclipse.
- Pregnant women are advised staying indoors to avoid ill-effects on the baby.
- It is advised to chant ‘Mahamrityunjaya Mantra’ during the eclipse.