The earth will record the longest lunar eclipse of the century today and it would last for about 103 minutes. This lunar eclipse is a way different from many other eclipse that occurs in the past due to many amazing reasons.
The longest lunar eclipse would be visible from all locations of the earth except North America but the ideal sites suggested by the NASA for viewing the lunar eclipse are Eastern Africa, India and South-east Africa and moreover, you can watch it by live-streaming too.
The telescope service will also be available by the Slooh community observatory who will start providing the service of airing the lunar eclipse from 1.00 pm EDT as eclipse will begin at 1.14 pm EDT and will end up at 7.28 pm EDT.
Today’s lunar eclipse is the not an ordinary eclipse as it is a total lunar eclipse where the entire moon is covered under the shadow of Earth precisely and this phenomenon is called as umbra while in the partial lunar eclipse, the half moon is engulfed under the shadow of the Earth also known as penumbra.
As per the estimate, about tens of thousands of people will watch the century’s longest eclipse on live stream as no one wants to miss the transformation of an ordinary milky coloured moon to a red-colored blood moon.
Naoh Petro, scientist at NASA talked about the reason behind the reddish colour of moon during the eclipse. He says, “When the moon’s within the Earth’s shadow, the only light it receives is the scattered light from the earth’s atmosphere, which is a reddish color”.
Astronomers will keep a close watch of the extended duration Lunar eclipse and says that the more perfectly the three celestial bodies-sun, moon and earth will be lined up, the longer the earth will engulf the moon in its shadow.
To prepare for the lunar eclipse, NASA scientist will shut down some of the lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which is a solar-powered satellite studying the moon for almost a decade.
Petro further added that, “Theoretically, at some point, there will be a last eclipse, where the moon just precisely fits within the Earth’s shadow, lasts a short period of time, and that would be it”.