“BLOOD MOON”: The longest Lunar Total Eclipse of 21st Century Will Take Place On July 27, 2018
One of the most exciting astronomical phenomena the longest, total Lunar Eclipse that got its name of “Blood Moon” will take place on July 27th, 2018. The total phase of the eclipse of will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, the total eclipse will start at 23:30 p.m. Yerevan time (GMT +4) and the peak of the eclipse will be visible at 00:21 a.m. Yerevan time (GMT), during which Earth's natural satellite, the moon, will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color.
As the junior researcher of A. Alikhanyan National Laboratory Vachik Khachatryan mentions: “This Lunar Eclipse is significant because it is the longest lasting eclipse of the 21st century, the moon will be moving the furthest distance from Earth. This eclipse is also significant because it is so-called central, which means that the moon passes through the shadow of our planet in the center. The moon, in the shadow of the earth, will get a bloody shade of red at the peak of its eclipse”
“Blood Moon” phenomena is caused by the sunlight which goes through Earth’s atmosphere, bent around the planet edge and falls on the moon’s surface: The Earth’s air itself scatters more shorter- wavelength light (such as blue or purple) and what's left is the longer-wavelength red spectrum.
This Lunar eclipse is visible from Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The next Lunar total eclipse will take place on June 21st 2019 and will be visible in North America and will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.
Also, on this same day, the planet Mars reaches its opposition, this means that the planet Mars will be at its closest point to earth. According to Vachik Khachatryan of A. Alikhanyan National Laboratory, this was last observed in 2003, and we have to wait until October 13, 2020 for the next one.
A.Alikhanyan National Laboratory has organized an event for the public to watch this amazing phenomena on July 27 in Yerevan at Cascade Complex. All are invited.