Longest lunar eclipse this century coming up in late July – an annotated infographic

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century – lasting one hour and 43 minutes – will be visible across wide swathes of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

The total phase of the Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly four hours.

This lunar eclipse will be particularly long because the moon will be at its apogee – the furthest point from the earth – causing the moon to move slower, so the eclipse lasts longer.

As an added celestial bonus around the same time, stargazers may spot Mars at its closest position to Earth in 15 years, making the Red Planet appear approximately 10 times brighter than usual.

Unlike with solar eclipses, you need no special equipment to observe lunar eclipses. These events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, can be viewed safely directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

That's really super, Moon
That’s really super, Moon
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