Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse

It is said the full eclipse will last over an hour and 30 minutes, whereas the partial eclipse would last over an hour. The moon will turn deep reds or reddish brown during the eclipse because part of the sunlight which goes through Earth's atmosphere will be bent around the edge of the planet and falls onto the moon's surface.

The previous total lunar eclipse which occurred on January 31, when the moon passed through the southern part of shadow centre, it lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes and the next total lunar eclipse is expected to witness on January 21, 2019 but it will last only for 1 hour and 2 minutes as it will pass through shadow centre, north part.

As with previous similar eclipses, the Moon will take on a coppery-orange colour before disappearing completely into the shadow of the Earth.

The coincidence of the moon with Mars will also visible during the event of the lunar eclipse.

Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show.

According to PAGASA, lunar eclipse is safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes.

What causes a long-lasting total lunar eclipse?

The longest lunar eclipse in the 21st century will occur on July 27, 2018. Two partial solar eclipses will take place on 12 July and 11 August 2018. As with most lunar eclipses, the moon appeared red during the April 15, 2014, eclipse.

The idea of a "blood moon" serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel, where it is written "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awful day of the Lord comes". Earlier, it also occurred at the end of January.