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Longest total lunar eclipse of the century set to dazzle people in Oman on July 27

Longest total lunar eclipse of the century set to dazzle individuals in Oman on July 27

Friday’s lunar eclipse will be specifically particular as it is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The total phase of the eclipse will final for 1 hour and 43 minutes, whilst the complete eclipse, which includes the partial phases, will final for more than six hours.

In Oman, the partial eclipse will start about 10.24pm, whilst total eclipse is anticipated to start at 11.30pm. The total eclipse is anticipated to finish at 1.13am, whilst penumbral eclipse ends at three.28am. One purpose why this eclipse will final so extended is simply because it will take place when the moon is close to apogee, or the point in its orbit when it is farthest from the Earth, producing it seem smaller sized than typical.

“This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth’s shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit. That is why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse,” Debiprosad Duari, director, Research and Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, told Indian news agency PTI.

The July 27 lunar eclipse will only be 4 minutes shorter than the longest achievable lunar eclipse to take place on earth, according to NASA.

Another element that will play a part in the eclipse’s duration is the path that the moon will taking via the Earth’s shadow. During Friday’s eclipse, the moon will be passing virtually straight via the middle of the shadow, maximising the time that moon spends in darkness.

A total lunar eclipse takes place when Earth requires position in a straight line in between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that typically tends to make our satellite glow whitish-yellow.

The moon travels to a comparable position each and every month, but the tilt of its orbit indicates it typically passes above or beneath the Earth’s shadow – so most months we have a complete moon without having an eclipse.
When the 3 celestial bodies are completely lined up, nevertheless, the Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun whilst refracting or bending red light onto the moon, typically providing it a rosy blush. The subsequent total lunar eclipse, this extended will not be till June 9, 2123.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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