Known as the “Blood Moon” the longest and biggest lunar eclipse will happen on Friday 27th July 2018. It will be the longest lunar eclipse we will witness in our lifetimes when the full moon goes through the Earth’s shadow for a full one hundred and three minutes. The shadow causes the moon to turn red which will last for nearly two hours.
The best thing is the vast majority of the world will be able to witness the spectacular moon unless you live in North America. By the time the full moon rises in North America, the lunar eclipse will already have ended. But for any other part of the world, you will be able to see this rare phenomenon.
A lunar eclipse happens because the moon orbits Earth and Earth, well as you know, orbits the Sun. Every so often, the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon. This is what scientists and astronomers refer to as a lunar eclipse. When Earth blocks out the full sunlight, the moon appears to look red and orange instead of its usual brighter color.
Due to it being the longest blood moon of the century, it also has a strong and passionate astrology following. Many believe the moon and its activity can have a real effect on the mood swings of people. Merilyn Keskula who is one of the founding members of the Mylky Moon Lab, a company that helps women develop companies around their natural lunar cycles, is a big believer of the effects of lunar activity on people.
“The blood moon and longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st Century will be the culmination of the storms of change we’ve been through recently, as individuals and as a society.”
Scientists, however, tend to downplay the effects of lunar activity on humans, advising there is little evidence. Many simply state that if the moon is brighter this causes people’s sleep to be disturbed, which is the cause of mood swings.