Longest total lunar eclipse of the century to occur on July 28 morning in Singapore

Earlier this year, on Jan 31, a rare astronomical event caused much excitement among enthusiasts when a lunar eclipse, blue moon and a supermoon occurred simultaneously.
Earlier this year, on Jan 31, a rare astronomical event caused much excitement among enthusiasts when a lunar eclipse, blue moon and a supermoon occurred simultaneously.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Astronomy enthusiasts can mark their calendars for July 28, when the longest total lunar eclipse of the century will take place in Singapore.

The total eclipse will last an hour and 43 minutes, and will be the longest in the 21st century, according to science website EarthSky.

The eclipse, also known as a blood moon, will be mainly visible from the Earth's eastern hemisphere, which includes Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

In Singapore, the lunar event will start from 1.14am, with a total eclipse at 3.30am that will last until 5.13am.

This total lunar eclipse is especially long because the moon will be passing through the central part of the Earth's shadow.

According to EarthSky, the longest possible lunar eclipse is one hour and 47 minutes.

This was almost achieved in 2000, on July 16, when a total lunar eclipse lasted for one hour and 46.4 minutes. At that time, the moon aligned almost perfectly with the centre of the Earth's shadow, the website added.

 

Earlier this year, on Jan 31, a rare astronomical event caused much excitement among enthusiasts when a lunar eclipse, blue moon and a supermoon occurred simultaneously. The last such coincidence was almost 152 years ago, in 1866.

During the event, the total lunar eclipse lasted one hour and 16 minutes.

The next total lunar eclipse on Jan 21, 2019, will last one hour and two minutes.