There is a blood moon coming up and while most people don’t truly understand what that means, it is quite the event to watch. This blood moon is going to be much more prominent than any other this century and there is a reason why.
For those who do not know, a blood moon is something that occurs when there is a total lunar eclipse. It gives the moon a red/orange-ish tint. This is because of the way the sunlight is filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere in general. The one coming up on July 27th is going to be the longest total lunar eclipse we have had this century.
It is going to be the longest because the lunar apogee also falls on the same exact date. That means, the Earth’s shadow is at its widest during this time of year. While this might sound crazy it makes a lot of sense when you break it down.
DailyExpress explained it as follows:
In July 2018, the full moon and lunar apogee fall on the exact same date of July 27.
Lunar apogee is the moon’s farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.
Mr. McClure said: “Sometimes called an apogean full moon, or micro-moon or mini-moon, this smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth’s shadow than does a full moon that’s closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit.
“That’s why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse.
“The longest possible total lunar eclipse is one hour and 47 minutes.”
The moon came very close to hitting that eclipse maximum on July 16, 2000, when the eclipse lasted one hour and 46.4 minutes.
Now, if you want to see this one you won’t need any kind of special equipment. You should be just fine if you take a peek with your naked eyes. With that being said, in North America, you might not be able to see it. It will, however, be visible from places like Africa and the Middle East/countries in Central Asia.
This eclipse will begin around 4:21 pm EDT according to Space.com and last until about 5:13 pm. Regardless of where you are the moon will look a bit different. For more information on this feel free to check out the video below.