Catch the longest total lunar eclipse of the century this July

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED July 9, 2018 04:42 pm

(Inside Manila) It seems that our social media feeds will be flooded once again by moon snaps before the month ends as a total lunar eclipse is expected to occur on July 28 and will be visible here in the Philippines.

The eclipse will begin at around 1:13 AM (Manila time) and will end at 7:30 AM.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this lunar eclipse is safe to watch and observers need not to use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter.

One more reason not to miss this total lunar eclipse?

Well, according to the National Geographic, this total lunar eclipse is the longest of the century and will last for about one hour and 43 minutes.

The lunar eclipse is expected to develop as follows:

  • Penumbral eclipse begins: 1:13 AM

  • Partial eclipse begins: 2:24 AM

  • Greatest eclipse: 4:21 AM

  • Partial eclipse ends: 6:19 AM (no longer observable)

  • Penumbral eclipse ends: 7:30 AM (no longer observable)

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth. During such event, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon.



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