The longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on 27 July. 
The longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on 27 July. (Photo: iStock)
  • 1. How Long is the Lunar Eclipse? When Can it be Viewed?
  • 2. What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?
  • 3. What is a Blood Moon?
  • 4. Is it Safe to Watch Lunar Eclipse With the Naked Eye?
All You Need to Know Before You Spot the Lunar Eclipse Tonight

India is in for a treat on the intervening night of 27-28 July, with the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century expected to be visible at all parts of the country. The sighting of the total lunar eclipse, which will also be a blood moon, will depend on atmospheric conditions, clouds, and pollution.

The lunar eclipse, which can be seen by night sky gazers in Africa, Middle East and Asia, will not be visible in North America and Antarctica.

  • 1. How Long is the Lunar Eclipse? When Can it be Viewed?

    The full show will last nearly six hours, but the total lunar eclipse will be 1 hour and 43 minutes long, according to Debiprosad Duari, Director, Research & Academic, MP Birla Planetarium, Kolkata.

    It will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses that last over one hour.

    The lunar eclipse is estimated to begin at 11:44 pm on Friday (27 July) and end at 4:58 am on Saturday (28 July). The total lunar eclipse is likely to begin at 1am.

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