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Lunar Eclipse 2018, Chandra Grahan or Blood Moon Eclipse 2018 on July 27 Highlights: The century's longest took place on July 27.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 28, 2018 10:59:28 am
Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse July 2018: The moon turns red, rises over world. (Source: NASA)

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse July 2018 today India LIVE UPDATES:  Skywatchers around much of the world watched a complete lunar eclipse that is the longest of this century. It was visible on July 27 from different parts of India amid cloudy night. During this rare phenomena, the Moon turned bright red and was visible in India as well. NASA predicted the total lunar eclipse will last for close to one hour and 43 minutes, starting late at night on July 27 and continuing till the early hours of July 28.

In addition, the event was also be visible in parts of South-America, parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia. All of Asia (including India), and Eastern Africa. The entire eclipse included two partial lunar eclipse.

The first part of lunar eclipse started at around 11:44 PM IST on July 27. The Moon turned red only at the highest point of the total lunar eclipse, which started around 1 AM on the night of July 28. The phenomenon lasted till around 2:43 AM IST on July 28.  Unlike solar eclipse, one does not need to cover their eyes with protective filters to view the Blood Moon.

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Chandra Grahan or Lunar eclipse 2018, blood moon July 2018 Highlights: (READ IN HINDI, Malayalam, Bangla, Tamil)

09:53 (IST)28 Jul 2018

The moon rises behind the Illimani mountain during a full lunar eclipse in La Paz, Bolivia, July 27, 2018. (REUTERS)

08:09 (IST)28 Jul 2018
After lunar eclipse, devotees bathe in holy waters as a mark of respect for the moon

In different parts of India, devotees take a dip in holy waters after the lunar eclipse on Friday

07:54 (IST)28 Jul 2018
Varanasi devotees take a dip in River Ganga on the eve of Lunar eclipse
06:52 (IST)28 Jul 2018
People post pictures of the 'red moon' on social media

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04:39 (IST)28 Jul 2018
See Pictures of the longest lunar eclipse of this century

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, behind the Saentis in Luzern, Switzerland. (AP Photo)  

Blood Moon seen from  Dresden, Germany. (Source AP) 

02:00 (IST)28 Jul 2018
Moon appears blood red in eclipse

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon which turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson as it moved into the earth's shadow.

01:24 (IST)28 Jul 2018
Complete lunar eclipse begins

Latest visuals of lunar eclipse through Nehru Planetarium. (Source: NASA) 

00:35 (IST)28 Jul 2018
Red moon rises
00:27 (IST)28 Jul 2018
Step out and catch a glimpse

Visuals of lunar eclipse can be seen from different parts of the country, step out and take a view of the spectacle. Here are some of the visuals.   According to reuters, the colour of the eclipse depends on the how cloudy or transparent is the view. If its a very dark eclipse the moon may be almost invisible. Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown... as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange. Source: ANI 

00:05 (IST)28 Jul 2018
View of Lunar Eclipse from Jaipur

Source: ANI

23:53 (IST)27 Jul 2018
No protective eye gear required, all you have to do is... go outside

Viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the spectacle -- unlike when watching solar eclipse. All you have to do is... go outside! and watch the rare view. As planet Mars will hover near the moon in the night sky, the moon is expected to turn red, easily visible to naked eye.

23:35 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Visual of moon before lunar eclipse from Amritsar's Golden temple

Visual of moon before lunar eclipse from Amritsar's Golden temple. (Source: ANI)

23:29 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Lunar eclipse of a full 'Blood Moon' rises in Abu Dhabi

A lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Source: REUTERS )

22:59 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Skygazers await century's longest 'blood moon' treat

Astronomy enthusiasts prepare their telescopes to see the lunar eclipse at Marina South Pier in Singapore. (Source: Reuters) 

22:20 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Worldwide timeline of the eclipse


22:15 (IST)27 Jul 2018
DGP of Goa expresses his disappointment at the superstitious debates on TV channels on Lunar eclipse

The Director-General of Police, Goa Dr Muktesh Chander expressed his disappointment at the news channels for showing superstitious debates instead of sharing some educational information about the Lunar eclipse.

He tweeted:  'Today is lunar eclipse. Instead of spreading awareness about science behind such a great astronomical event, some TV channels are showing debate between swamis, jyotishis, some irrelevant persons & scientist. Please show planetarium & debate how can we eradicate superstition.'

21:53 (IST)27 Jul 2018
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21:45 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Lunar Eclipse 2018: Check out NASA Moon's tweet on the phenomena

The NASA Moon is tweeting out information on the total lunar eclipse 2018. Check out the tweet below which has a visualisation of the Lunar eclipse.

21:38 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Lunar Eclipse 2018: Will the Moon appear big?

No. This time when the total lunr eclipse takes place, the Moon will be at its apogee or the farthest point in its orbit around Earth. The Moon will actually appear 13 per cent smaller in size. Unlike the Super Blue Blood Moon, where it appeared much bigger in size. 

21:34 (IST)27 Jul 2018
Lunar Eclipse 2018: Can you capture good photos on your smartphone?

While those with a DSLR and better lenses should be able to capture good images, provided the blood moon is visible, smartphone users need not despair. If you are planning to capture with a smartphone like the iPhone or Pixel or even the S9 series, remember the images will be grainy. Also the Moon won't be a 'Super Moon' meaning it will appear smaller in size, so capturing a stunning image might not be that easy. 

But those who have an external telephoto lens can attach it to their smartphone in order to capture good eclipse shots. These lenses feature longer focal length, which means you can get more details of the moon. External lens options include  Olloclip Aukey photo lens for iPhones and Android smartphones or DMG 8X Zoom Magnifier Optical Telescope lens for mobile camera phones.  Read more on this topic here.

A total lunar eclipse is when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned and the Earth completely blocks sunlight from reaching the satellite. The July 27 eclipse is the longest eclipse in the century, and it lasted for one hour, 43 minutes.

Also Read: Lunar Eclipse tonight: Timings, date, and everything else to know about the ‘Blood Moon’

A partial lunar eclipse was visible after 2:43 AM IST on July 28 as Moon continued on its orbit and pulled away from the Earth's shadow. India will not get to witness another event like this till September 2025, which is a long wait.

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