Blood Moon to bring the longest lunar eclipse in a century


The Moon can appear red during an eclipse - and is sometimes referred to as a blood moon - because during an eclipse sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere and is refracted onto the Moon, creating the blood-red colour. The whole eclipse from start to finish will endure for almost four hours. The entire eclipse will be visible from Africa, the Middle East and countries in central Asia.

According to the gazers over at EarthSky, there is a total lunar eclipse coming in July that will be the longest of the 21st century.

The moon will officially rise at 8:48 Western Washington, though you'll need to allow 5-10 minutes for the moon to be visible above the Cascades.

The fears hinge around a line in the Book of Joel 2:30-31 that says: 'And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke'.

A blood moon will grace the United Kingdom skies next month. Some of the June full moon names are Cold Moon, Oak Moon, and Long Night's Moon, reminiscent of our names in January.

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For those that may not be in the know, a blood moon is a very rare astronomical phenomenon that takes place because of a lunar eclipse, which happens when the earth comes in line between the sun and the moon. Meanwhile, only parts of South America will get to witness the final stages of the eclipse, and North America, the Arctic, and numerous fish in the Pacific Ocean won't get to see it at all. There will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra.

The entire event, from start to finish, will last around four hours.

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"The moon can either graze through the cone, or go right through the middle". "This time, the moon is passing closer to the center of that cone, and it's therefore a little bit longer than the eclipse we had back in January".

Lunar apogee is the moon's farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.