Century's longest total lunar eclipse to occur on July 27

Blood Moon 2017 prophecy

GETTYBlood Moon 2018 The next lunar eclipse will turn the moon red on July 27

Those of you in the Eastern Hemisphere (Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand) will have the best seats as the moon crosses Earth's shadow from west to east.

Nearly all early peoples around the world used the lunar month (the time between full moons) to keep track of the passage of time and seasons.

Whether you believe an event like a blood moon has prophetic significance, or is simply part of the way God created the heavenly bodies, it is most certainly an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of Creation.

The eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. That's because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon's surface. This also outstrips the Super Blue Blood Moon combination that occurred in January of this year by almost three-quarters of an hour.

Mathematically, the longest total lunar eclipse possible would last one hour and 47 minutes.

It's always exciting to watch a total lunar eclipse in the sky, especially when it is projected to be the longest one in your lifetime. By 4:21 a.m. the moon will reach the total eclipse and by 5:13 a.m. the eclipse will end.

It will coincide with a total eclipse of the Moon.

The upcoming blood moon is not only of interest to astronomers and star-gazers, however.

Apocalypse "prophets" have claimed next month's Blood Moon is a sign that the world is about to end.

Saturn is at "opposition", meaning the planet and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, according to NASA.

When this happens, it causes the Earth's shadow to block the sun. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the main event. Meanwhile, only parts of South America will get to witness the final stages of the eclipse, and North America, the Arctic, and numerous fish in the Pacific Ocean won't get to see it at all. According to The Weather Channel, on July 31, Mars will move within 35.8 million miles of Earth.

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