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WELTRAUM: Längste Mondfinsternis des 21. Jahrhunderts infographic

Längste Mondfinsternis des Jahrhunderts

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July 27, 2018 -- Die längste totale Eklipse des 21. Jahrhunderts dauert eine Stunde und 43 Minuten. Sichtbar auf breiten Bahnen der Welt, vor allem in Europa,
Asien, Australien, Afrika, Südamerika und Mittelost.

The total phase of the Earth's natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours.

The reason this lunar eclipse will be a particularly long one is because the moon will be at its apogee – furthest point from the earth – causing the moon to move slower, so that the eclipse lasts longer.

As an added celestial bonus, around the same time, stargazers may spot Mars at its closest position to Earth in 15 years, making the red planet appear about 10 times brighter than usual.

Unlike with solar eclipses, you need no special equipment to observe lunar eclipses. These latter events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars.

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