Get Ready For The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

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This weekend marks the Blood Moon, a rare event that sees the massive moon turn red. For 1 hour and 43 minutes, as the moon passes through the Earth’s stratosphere, the projection of all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets on its surface will cause it to actually change color.

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In Australia, the event, which lasts a total of 6 hours and 13 minutes, will start around 4:30AM on Saturday the 28th. Within the hour, at roughly 5:30AM, after the moon has entered the Earth’s shadow, the total eclipse will begin. Residents will be able to see the blood moon as it sets, with people in eastern Brazil and western Europe catching it as it rises.

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In the U.S., unfortunately, this will occur in the middle of the afternoon, meaning it will be too light outside for the event to be visible. Scientists say that, weather permitting, areas of the Middle East and parts of Asia, India and Africa will be able to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, falling just four minutes short of setting the record for the longest of all time.

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The length is due to the fact that the moon is tracking through the center of the Earth’s shadow during a period when the moon is farthest from the Earth and moving at its slowest. There won’t be another one until May of 2021, but thankfully, this weekend’s eclipse can be seen without safety glasses or special equipment.

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Beyond the visual aspects, many believe that these types of events can actually affect people’s mood and behavior. Astrologers say that this one specifically will be positive, but there’s always the possibility of drama with such intense internal shifts. Learn more below...