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Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27

28 June 2018

The blood moon of 2018 will be visible on July 27, when the first lunar eclipse of the century blackens the sky. A tetrad is referred to as four consecutive lunar eclipses that happened in April 2014, October 2014, April 2015 and September 2015.

"So, from start to finish, the moon takes almost four hours to cross the Earth's dark umbral shadow".

Okay, but even if the end were nigh, the eclipse aspect of this event will only be seen from the eastern hemisphere; I'm not really sure how omens work, but seems like we're safe this time. The moonlight travels through more of Earth's atmosphere typically giving the moon a yellow/orange color.

The Strawberry Moon-a North American nickname for June's full moon-owes its fruit-inspired moniker to the Algonquin tribes of Native Americans, as it appears at the time of year when they would harvest strawberries. The entire eclipse will be visible from Africa, the Middle East and countries in central Asia.

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According to Nasa, the Moon will be in full eclipse - or totality - for 103 minutes.

The moon will rise tonight at 7:39 p.m. CDT and set at 6:03 a.m. Thursday.

Now, the theory has picked up the pace again with conspiracy theorists saying that the Blood Moon will wipe out things from Earth.

In 2014, Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Biltz had "claimed to have found references of Blood Moon Tetrad in the Bible", Express.co.uk reported.

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Doomsday preachers have been reportedly suggesting that July's blood moon heralds the end of the world, as biblical passages talk about the moon turning the colour of blood prior to the apocalypse - and we have had several such events recently.

"The blood moon is the result of a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon passes directly behind earth and into its shadow". There will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra.

Credit: Fred Espenak/NASA GSFC Why is it the longest of the century?

"The moon can either graze through the cone, or go right through the middle".

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Lunar apogee is the moon's farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.

Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27