Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
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We Will Witness the Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

We Will Witness the Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

On July 31, Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth, the closest it has been since 2003 when it came within 55.7 million kilometres, which was the nearest in almost 60,000 years.

The Moon orbits around the Earth once every 28 days, but the Moon's orbit around Earth, much like Earth's orbit around the Sun is not a ideal circle- it is an elongated oval, or ellipse. However, the USA residents will be unable to view the lunar eclipse, but people populating most regions of Eastern Hemisphere will be able to witness it partially.

While it won't be anything like the 2017 total solar eclipse, there is a partial solar eclipse coming up this week. With the astronomical alignment of the sun, Earth, and moon as it needs to be, there are only two total eclipses during the year of 2018 and one was back in January.

The second solar eclipse of the year is set to occur in several countries of the world including Pakistan today (Friday). "The duration makes it the longest total lunar eclipse of this century (2001 AD to 2100 AD)", revealed a statement released by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It is expected to occur on July 27-28 at 7.30 pm UTC (12 am IST) and end at 9.13 pm UTC (1.43 am IST). The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Eclipses by themselves are really not that rare- there are about two to four eclipses that happen every year.

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Unfortunately, there won't be a lot of people who have the opportunity to see those partial solar eclipses, but 2019 really isn't too far away and it will be busy once again.

The partial solar eclipse occurs when some part of the moon casts a shadow on the surface of the sun. This eclipse will be visible over India. And to avoid the negative energy that throws the Eclipse, astrologers suggest to take a shower immediately after the celestial event.

Across cultures, there are different myths associated with the eclipse. The moon will completely remain under the Earth's shadow for one hour and 43 minutes.

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