July 27, 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

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The lunar eclipses may happen during the full moon phases. During this celestial phenomena, the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow cone. The full lunar eclipse that will take place on Friday, July 27, 2018 will be the longest lunar eclipse in the 21st century. Eclipse can be observed from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

Eclipse steps will take place as follows: At Turkey Regional Time (TBZ) 20:15, lunar disk starts to enter the Earth's penumbral-shadow cone; then at TBZ 21:24, the Moon will start to enter the full umbral-shadow of the Earth. In TBZ at 22:30 all of the Moon diskin will have fully entered the umbral-shadow cone. The complete eclipse will last for 103 min. The edge of the lunar disk will begin to leave umbral cone at TBZ 00: 13. TBZ 01: 19, the entire disk of the Moon will fully leave umbral region. The entire disk of the moon will leave the penumbral cone at 02:28 (TBZ) and the eclipse will be terminated (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

This eclipse (if no obstacle due to weather conditions happens) can be observed from all over Turkey. Figure 2 shows where the eclipse can be seen on the earth. 

In Figure 2 above, the countries that fall into the lightest blue color will be able to observe the complete lunar eclipse of July 27, 2018.


Figure 2

A free public day event will be organized on the 27th July between TBZ 22:00 and 00:00 at TÜBİTAK National Observatory Directorate (Konyaaltı/Antalya), BİTOM (Science and Community Center) building. Interested people are all invited to our lunar eclipse event! (Note: The event will not be possible if weather conditions are not suitable).


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