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Longest lunar eclipse of century to arrive this month

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, July 9, 2018  /  05:32 am
Longest lunar eclipse of century to arrive this month

A partial lunar eclipse, as seen in Thailand. (Shutterstock/File)

This month, the longest lunar eclipse of the century will be visible in our night sky.

According to NASA, the full lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, while it will be partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes. The celestial event will also be the longest partially visible eclipse of the decade. 

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. 

Unfortunately, the full eclipse will not be visible everywhere, with parts of South America, much of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia getting the best views.

Read also: Rare lunar eclipse offers glimpse of 'super blue blood moon'

If you miss the eclipse, two partial solar eclipses will take place this summer on July 12 and Aug. 11. The July eclipse will be visible from Australia while the August one will be visible in parts of Europe and Asia.

There was a total lunar eclipse in January of this year. As it was both a supermoon and blue moon, it was referred to as the super blue blood moon. (sul/kes)