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Weather puts a damper on celestial event

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will take place on 27 July 2018, and we might miss it - unless the rainy conditions make way for clear skies.

A lunar eclipse happens when the sun, earth, and moon align with Earth sitting between the sun and moon, preventing the rays from the sun reaching the moon.

During the eclipse, the full moon will move into the shadow of the Earth cast by the sun, and will be momentarily darkened. Refracted by the Earth's atmosphere, some sunlight will still reach the moon, illuminating it with a reddish glow, known as blood moon. The colour depends on atmospheric conditions and could vary between a light brown tint to a bright reddish glow.

This lunar eclipse will be the longest of the 21st century. The spectacle is set to start at 8:24pm on Friday 27 July 2018 when the moon will start moving into Earth's shadow, and last until shortly after midnight. The highlight of the event - the eclipse itself - is said to last approximately 104 minutes.

For those who will miss the spectacular event due to overcast conditions, the event will be repeated in 2022.


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