The Russians will see the longest Eclipse of the moon in the twenty-first century

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The Russians will be able to observe the longest total Eclipse of the moon in the twenty-first century. Astronomical phenomenon, which will be visible throughout the territory of Russia will take place on July 27.

A total lunar Eclipse will last nearly four hours (21.24 p.m.-01.20 GMT), and the full phase is 1 hour and 43 minutes (from 22.30 GMT till 00.13 GMT).

As reported by the astronomers of the Moscow planetarium, the moon will completely enter the shadow of the planet and will turn purple-red hue. This is the first Central lunar Eclipse since 15 June 2011. The phenomenon occurs near apogee, when the moon disk is minimal, so the Eclipse will be the longest in this century.

In the XXI century is expected 225 lunar eclipses, of which 85 full, and only six of full will last more than three and a half hours. The longest and should be a spectacular total Eclipse on July 27, 2018.
In addition, on this same day there will be another event — the Great opposition of Mars with the Sun. Planet as close to Earth and will overtake in the glare of Jupiter. Bright orange dots in the sky are the Sun, the Moon and Venus. Following the Great opposition of Mars is expected in 17 years, September 15, 2035.

Where to watch in Russia

A lunar Eclipse can be seen from the beginning to the end, despite a short night. So, inhabitants of the Far East will observe the initial phase of the phenomenon early in the morning.

The total phase in the North-Western areas will be well-regarded in Western Siberia and the start — up of lake Baikal. However, in the Northern part of Siberia the Eclipse will not be noticeable.

The most favorable conditions for observing celestial show in Russia will be in the North Caucasus, the Caspian depression and the southern Urals. In these areas the maximum phase of the Eclipse will occur near midnight local time and will be visible at a height of more than 20 degrees above the horizon. In the Central regions of Russia will see the moon at a lower altitude.