Longest total lunar eclipse of the century tonight

July 27, 2018

The Kathmandu Post, 27 July 2018

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century is set to occur on Friday night.

The longest "blood moon" eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes from 12:09am. However, the "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes from 1:15am when the colour of the moon will turn light red.

Nepal Astronomical Society, Gaushala has planned, for keen skywatchers, to view the blood moon eclipse from its three telescopes.

According to NASA, the lunar eclipse will be visible from most of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and South America, with the exception of North America.