A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth onto its shadow. This can only occur when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are united closely with the planet in between them. The century’s longest duration lunar eclipse will occur on 27th July 2018 ie tomorrow from 11: 54 pm to 3:49 am when the moon will directly pass from behind the Earth. Longer duration lunar eclipse is also known as total lunar eclipse as this will be the first central lunar eclipse since 15th June, 2011.
Here are few scientific facts about tomorrow’s lunar eclipse:-
1. During chandra grahan, the moon will be at farthest distance from the earth. As a result, revolution of the moon around the planet will seem slower than usual. This will shield the moon from the sun for a much longer duration. A red light will be reflected of the moon’s surface, and thus we all see a magnificent red or blood moon.
2. The lunar eclipse will not be seen in all parts of the world but India will definitely fall under the lunar eclipse zone area which means people of India will get to see the century’s longest lunar eclipse.
3. Lunar eclipse 2018 is however, the second blood moon of 2018. Earth witnessed a “super blue blood moon” on the night of January 31.