On the 27th of July this year, Ghanaians and millions of other people will witness the most rare lunar eclipse events in a century. The blood moon this week is special in that it is going to be the longest blood moon sighting of the century. It is also a unique event because the earth was recently at its furthest from the sun, at Ahelion. This was on the 6th of July. The longest possible time that a lunar eclipse can last is in theory 1 hour and 47 minutes. This occurs when the Moon is right at the center of the Earth’s shadow. The lunar eclipse this Friday will last just four minutes less than the longest time possible, an hour and 43 minutes.
You are probably wondering if you will be able to see this magnificent occurrence. The answer to this is yes for many people around the world, except for the majority on the North American continent. It will be visible either fully or partially in Asia, Africa, Europe and some parts of the South American continent will be able to see it as well. There was already a super blood moon this year on the 31st of January when the moon was closest to the earth. The next super blood moon is predicted to occur on December 22nd 2018.
Blood moon in Ghana
So, when is blood moon lunar eclipse in Ghana? You can see the lunar eclipse in Ghana in two days’ time, on Friday the 27th of July 2018 beginning at 18:11 hours with the total blood moon peaking at 20:21 hours and ending at 23:28 hours. This means that for a period of 5 hours and 17 minutes all people Accra and in most of Ghana will be able to see either the partial or total lunar eclipse. The blood moon in Ghana will be visible for a long time and the best part is that you don’t need any specialized equipment to see this one of a kind once in a lifetime event. You are probably a little confused because we stated the longest time it is visible to be shorter than that, that time, 1 hour 43 minutes is when the moon is in the umbra of the earth’s shadow.
Meaning of a blood Moon and what causes it
A blood moon is called this because of the deep red hue of the moon during the event. To understand where the color appears red we must first understand the lunar eclipse meaning. A lunar eclipse occurs in the event that the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are aligned in the order; sun, earth and moon. The shadow of the earth is cast on the moon. In a total lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow prevents all light from hitting the surface of the moon. A partial eclipse can either mean that the moon is not a full moon and is in the shadow of the earth completely or that it is a full moon that is not completely in the earth’s shadow.
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It is called a blood moon meaning the light bouncing off the moon for us to see it has been scattered in the earth’s atmosphere and it appears to be red as when the sun rises or sets, This is because the moon is completely obscured from the sun. The earth’s atmosphere has particles that scatters light with longer wavelengths, usually blue and violet. Colors with much shorter wavelengths such as red and orange are not scattered and these are the ones that get to the moon and reflect back the red hue. This is not the first blood moon 2018 but it is the most special.
How often does a lunar eclipse occur?
We experience between one and four lunar eclipses a year. The number may vary depending on where on the planet you are. This is not the only Lunar Eclipse 2018. The residents of continents like north America will have to wait for six months to see a lunar eclipse predicted to appear in January 2019. If you cannot do some blood moon viewing outside where you are you can get a livestream of the lunar eclipse on websites such as Slooh. It is a rare thing to see a blood moon in Ghana so make the most of this opportunity of the century, literally.
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There is no proven physical lunar eclipse effect but the same has multiple implications on different religious beliefs and faiths. There are a number of natural effects on the earth such as higher tides due to the effect of a full moon. The chance to see the lunar eclipse for this long will not come around in a very long time after this. It will be an even longer time before there is a super blood moon that will last nearly as long as this. Another cosmic phenomenon to look forward to in the coming weeks is that on Monday the 30th of July, Mars will be closest to the Earth and will be visible in some parts of the world.