The TÜBİTAK National Observatory (TUG) organized an event at the BITOM (Science and Society Centre) building in Konyaaltı, Antalya, for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Approximately 600 people from all ages attended the event organised on July 27, and observed the lunar eclipse with representatives from TUG.
The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century completely covered the visible face of the Moon for 1 hour and 43 minutes, as the Earth entered between the Sun and the Moon. The eclipse which was also visible in Turkey, started on 20.13 and ended towards 02.30 in the morning. Between 22.30-01.12, when the maximum phase of the event occurred, the Moon was completely black.
The Phases of the Eclipse
The phases of the eclipse occurred in the following manner: At 20.15 Turkish local time, the Moon disc started entering into the Earth’s half shadow cone; at 21.24 the Moon disc started entering into the Earth’s full shadow cone. The total eclipse started at 22.30 local time. The eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 43 minutes and the edge of the Moon disc began exiting the eclipse (full eclipse) at 00.13. At 01.19, the entire Moon disc exited the full shadow cone and thus the total eclipse ended. The entire Moon disc exited the half shadow cone at 02.28 and the eclipse ended all together. The July 27 lunar eclipse was observed from all over Turkey.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon is in its full moon phase. Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow cone. The total lunar eclipse which occurred on 27-28 July 2018, was the 21st Century’s longest lunar eclipse. The eclipse was observed from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.