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Watch a Total Lunar Eclipse over Perth

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A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
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A once in a lifetime event - longest total eclipse
Space, the moon, sun and planets are a fascinating subject. Over the years, mankind has learnt more and more about planets and the solar system.

This year, there have already been two blue moons and this is a rare occurrence. The last one was in 1999 and the next time, there will be two blue moons in a year is 2037.



Now, another interesting phenomenon will occur on 28th July 2018. There will be a total lunar eclipse, which will be visible over Perth, and this is the second total eclipse of the year. Total eclipses of the moon are spectacular events and you can watch these with the naked eye. Unlike solar eclipses, which require protective eye-wear, a lunar eclipse can be viewed without any eye protection. Just go outside, and look up!

Unfortunately, it will be at 4.21 am so it will be only the brave and those who do not value their warm beds, who will get up to see this amazing event!



However, it will begin at 1.14 am and end at 7.17 am so the whole process takes over 6 hours.

At 1.14 am the Penumbral Eclipse begins. At this time the earth's penumbra starts touching the moon's face

At 2:24 am, the partial eclipse begins. The moon will start to go red

At 3:30 am, the total eclipse begins - at this time the moon will be completely red.

At 4:21 am there will be the maximum eclipse. This is the time when the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow.

At 5:13 am, the total moon eclipse ends

At 6:19 am, the partial eclipse ends

At 7:17 am the moon is not directly visible - moonset

At 7:28 am the moon is not directly visible, and the Penumbral Eclipse ends

This total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Perth and other areas in Australia, and this is the longest eclipse of the 21st century. Now, I think this is worth getting up at 4 am for!

You will also be able to watch it live here.

The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the moon turns red.

This total lunar eclipse will be visible or partly visible over large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

A total lunar eclipse is always an awe-inspiring sight, but this one is particularly special because:

It is the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The moon will travel through the centre of Earth's shadow, and the distance from earth to the moon and to the sun will be unusually big. This is, therefore, the longest eclipse you are ever likely to see in your lifetime.
It will coincide with the "Perseids" meteor shower, so you might see a few shooting stars during totality, which would be an added bonus!
Mars will extremely bright. The planet will seem to be a reddish star, quite close to the moon

This total eclipse is also sometimes called a micro full moon. "A Micromoon happens when a full moon or a new moon coincides with apogee; the point in the Moon's orbit farthest away from Earth".

micro,moon
A micro or full moon


There will also be a partial eclipse on 11th August 2018, however, this will not be as spectacular and unusual as the full eclipse on 28th July.



You can read more about this amazing event here.

Make sure you set your alarm, so you do not miss this once in a lifetime event!
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Why? for a spectacular moon eclipse
When: 28th July, 2018
Where: outside
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Just some clarification...i thought it was Friday night/Saturday morning but you said 'Sunday isnt a work day' meaning Saturday night/Sunday morning... I would hate to miss it by 24 hours so what is the correct time?
by wendy (score: 0|2) 149 days ago
It's actually called a lunar eclipse. Never has it been called a moon eclipse.
by G (score: 1|24) 141 days ago
And you got the date incorrect. I shall never rely on your information.
by G (score: 1|24) 141 days ago
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