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Friday, 27 July 2018 - 9:42
Century’s longest lunar eclipse to be seen tonight
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It has been reported that the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be able to be observed beginning tonight and extending into the early hours of tomorrow.
 
The total duration of the eclipse is projected to be 6 hours and 14 minutes and it will be able to be visible to people around the world including here in Sri Lanka.
 
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth's shadow moves across the moon, blocking out light from the sun.
 
As the shadow glides across the surface of the moon, it takes on a distinctive red glow — an effect caused by the bending of light in earth's atmosphere.
 
The period of totality during this eclipse, when earth's shadow is directly across the moon and it is at its reddest, will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds.
 
Given the moon is currently the furthest away in its orbit, it will take longer to pass through the shadow causing the eclipse to be the longest in 100 years.
 
It will be the longest blood moon witnessed in 100 years.
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