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When to See the 2018 Blood Moon: The Longest Eclipse of the Century

The 2018 blood moon will take place on the 28th of July, and is set to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The eclipse — which is a result of the earth passing between the sun and the moon — will last a whopping four hours.

The earth’s shadow will completely cover the moon for one hour and 43 minutes in total. According to a report by NASA, this year’s eclipse is only four minutes shorter than the longest one ever recorded on earth.

Super blood moon
Super blood moon captured in Bangkok last January 31 2018.

While most of the world can enjoy some partial views of the July 2018 blood moon, select parts of Asia, Europe, eastern Africa, and the Middle East will have some of the best views of the moon turning red.

People from the US, however, will not be able to witness the eclipse this time around.

Yokota Airbase
Image credit: Yokota Air Base Website

It’s recommended to step outside during different parts of the night to witness the stages of the eclipse. As the earth’s shadow covers the moon, don’t forget to look around, those lucky enough can catch clear views of Mars, the Milky Way, and other celestial bodies.

No matter where you are, the July 2018 blood moon is sure to be a gorgeous view. Why not a book a stay at one of Traveloka’s partner hotels to enjoy the longest eclipse of the century?


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