The total lunar eclipse of July 27, 2018, seen from Rome. Mars is also clearly visible in this shot, which has been webcasted and shared by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project.
st century enthused the sky observers on Friday (July 27).
With a total of incredible 1 hour and 43 minutes, this solar eclipse clocked in just 4 minutes shorter than the longest possible event calculated by astronomers. The duration allowed observers from around the world to observe the phenomenon, with sky watchers gathering at total zone observatories and livestreaming those with unfortunate geography.
The unusually long duration of the solar eclipse was caused by a few different sky factors. The moon was near its outermost point from the earth and circled it slowly, making it seem smaller and taking longer to travel through the Earth's shadow. In addition, the Earth was near her aphelion, the point on her path furthest from the sun, making her shadow seem larger. [Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27]
The eclipse officially started at 13:14. EDT (1714 GMT), according to NASA, and the moon crawled slowly into the shadows of the earth and began to darken, then to redden.
But the show started at 15:30. EDT (1930 GMT), when the totality began and the moon was completely in the shadow of the earth