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Langste maansverduistering van de eeuw

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July 27, 2018 -- De langste totale maansverduistering van de 21e eeuw, één uur en 43
minuten, zal op grote stroken over de wereld zichtbaar zijn, onder meer
in Europa, Azië, Australië, Afrika, Zuid-Amerika en het Midden-Oosten.

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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