Telescopes and eyeballs around UAE will turn skywards this weekend, to catch a glimpse what will be the longest lunar eclipse in the 21st century so far.
Words by Aroma Kumar
Friday, 27th July will enter into history with the notable distinction of featuring the longest lunar eclipse of this century so far. Put simply, an eclipse is when the sun, Earth and the moon align, like bottles of soda on display in a supermarket. Light from the sun, is blocked by the earth, leaving the moon cast in shadow. As the earth moves (in rotation around the sun), the intensity of the shadow begins to decrease.
The last total lunar eclipse occurred on the 31st January 2018 which also happened to be the super blue blood moon.
That sounds cool. Where’s the best spot to watch it?
With hundreds looking skywards to witness this historical event, Nakheel’s Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) may just be the perfect location to watch one of the most significant celestial event of the century.
In celebration of this totally cosmic happening, developer Nakheel has organised a free event in JVC’s 2nd December Park (District 14 ((boooo go District 12)) for Dubai’s stargazers to watch the phenomenon while camping out on beanbags. Space heads will be able to purchase refreshments, watch al fresco movie screenings and take part in spectacular giveaways.
Visitors might have to postpone their bed times as the event runs from 9.30pm to 1.30am with the totality (peak of the eclipse) predicted to begin at around 11.30pm and lasting a whopping one hour and 43 minutes (103 minutes).
Okay, now we’re psyched. But why does everyone keep calling it a blood moon?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon and blocks the sunlight which engulfs the latter in an eerie darkness termed as ‘totality’. During the eclipse, before and after the totality, sunlight that manages to pass through Earth’s atmosphere refracts on the moon giving it a reddish glow, and thus the appearance of blood. No zombies, no dragons, no prince who was promised or end to civilisations – just a groovy light show thanks to our incredibly beautiful solar system.