Completed the longest lunar Eclipse of the XXI century

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The longest lunar Eclipse of all that had already passed or will pass in the twenty-first century ended.

The Eclipse began at 21.24 GMT on July 27, and the total phase was from 22.30 to 00.13. Only in the XXI century will be 225 lunar eclipses, and only 85 of them will be full, and longer than three hours will last only six.

The Eclipse lasted so long due to the fact that the Moon was close to apogee (the point of maximum distance from Land) and were significantly less than the shadow cast by the Earth. Earth’s natural satellite plunged into the Northern part of the shadow and passed through its center. The earth’s shadow fully eclipsed the visible surface of the moon, causing the satellite was painted a purple-red hue.

This time an Eclipse has coincided with another astronomical event — the great opposition of Mars with the Sun. The red planet is as close to the Ground, and were overtaken in the glare of Jupiter. Thus, Mars became the night’s most bright point after the Sun, moon and Venus. Following the Great opposition of Mars is expected in 17 years, September 15, 2035.

The Eclipse could be seen from all over Russia, even in the far East it was noticeable early in the morning. Best lunar Eclipse visible in the North Caucasus, the Caspian depression and the southern Urals.