As known already, this is quite a unique day. The lunar eclipse 2018 would be occurring tonight, thus marking the longest total such eclipse till 2123, i.e. for over 100 years. Now, the visibility of this lunar eclipse in India is expected to be pretty good but cloudy sky and inclement weather might be an obstacle to this. Again, in the metro cities, space enthusiasts may miss out on watching the moon being eclipsed due to pollution. Finally, there are also areas across the world where the eclipse would not be visible at all, such as North America. The Nehru Planetarium New Delhi is, in fact, hosting a Moon Carnival, with telescope observations planned from 10 pm to 5 am, however, the rains are expected to impede the entire thing. However, even after all these obstacles, this major phenomena can be watched online by live streaming. So, the next part states how to watch this and also everything users need to know about the phenomenon.
Lunar eclipse 2018 live stream: Exact time and where to watch
There are multiple YouTube channels showing the lunar eclipse 2018 live stream so that enthusiasts do not miss out on one of the remarkable events of the century. The live stream starts at 11:30 pm IST on July 27, 2018, so users can hit the play button in the video embedded below at the designated time to start viewing of the eclipse. If signed into YouTube with the Google account, users can even set a reminder, so they would be notified when the stream goes live for users to watch lunar eclipse live online. The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44 pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1 am IST.
Total lunar eclipse time in India:
A lunar eclipse is when the sunlight’s path to the moon is blocked by the Earth, with the moon falling in the Earth’s shadow. Now, total lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the middle of the Earth’s shadow, making it darker than it is during the partial eclipse when the moon is in the Earth’s shadow but not in the shadow’s middle (which is darker than it is on either side). Information also states that, while the full eclipse would be over 6 hours, the total lunar eclipse 2018 would last for 1 hour and 43 minutes. The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44 pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1 am IST. From 1:15 am to 2:43 am would be the time span where the moon would be in the middle of the Earth’s shadow and appear reddish in color. This eclipse would continue till 4:58 am, though the effect would not look as great.
The July 2018 lunar eclipse would be the longest one till June 9, 2123. Well, of course, there are many factors behind this. The primary one being that the moon would be at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit. This would make the moon appear smaller than regular, and much smaller than it looks during the Super Moon (when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit from the Earth). In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro-moon. The moon in the lunar eclipse would also be passing through the middle of the Earth’s shadow, meaning that it would spend the maximum time in darkness, thus contributing to the long duration of the eclipse.
What is a Blood Moon?
As mentioned above, the July 2018 lunar eclipse would also be a Blood Moon, i.e. a phenomenon that sees the moon take a reddish hue. This occurs due to the direct sunlight to the moon is blocked by the Earth, the moon goes dark and only reflects the sunlight scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere. Because the red wavelengths are scattered less than the blue and violet wavelengths, the sunlight’s red wavelength scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere hits the moon, thus making it appear red from our perspective.