Lunar eclipse 2018: Countries which will get the best view
The total eclipse will begin everywhere approximately at the same time, but the time of its visibility will vary widely depending on its timeline, from 9.30 pm in Cairo (North Africa) and 10.30 pm in Moscow (Eastern Europe) to 10.44 pm in Delhi (South Asia).science Updated: Jul 25, 2018 12:51 IST
The longest total lunar eclipse of the century, slated to happen this Friday, will be visible to most people across the globe, with the exception of those living in North America and most of the Arctic and Pacific regions.
The total lunar eclipse of July 27 is expected to last 1 hour and 43 minutes, which is just four minutes short of the longest possible one on record. It will be preceded and followed by a partial eclipse, which is likely to last for more than an hour.
The total eclipse will begin everywhere approximately at the same time, but the time of its visibility will vary widely depending on its timeline, from 9.30 pm in Cairo (North Africa) and 10.30 pm in Moscow (Eastern Europe) to 10.44 pm in Delhi (South Asia).
Most countries in the east will be able to watch the total lunar eclipse on the evening of July 27. Central Asia, the Middle East and a majority of eastern Africa will have the best view of the total lunar eclipse.
Best viewing locations
The prime viewing locations are Cairo in Egypt, Santorini in Greece and Harare in Zimbabwe.
India, Pakistan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and some countries of Central Africa will witness the full eclipse.
Only the final stages of the eclipse will be visible in South America just after sunset on July 27, while New Zealand will catch the beginning of the eclipse before sunrise on July 28. Iran, Sudan, Madagascar, Iraq and parts of Turkey, Kazakhstan and Ukraine will also get just a glimpse of the cosmic phenomenon.
North America, the Arctic and the Pacific Ocean will miss out on the show entirely.
Showtime in India
In India, the total lunar eclipse begins at 1 am, with the initial stage of the eclipse beginning at 10.44 pm. A glimpse of the “blood moon”, where the moon’s surface gets a red hue, will be visible from everywhere across the country.
First Published: Jul 24, 2018 18:09 IST