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Century's Longest Lunar Eclipse Is Near, but You'll Have to Travel

Total eclipse won't be visible from US
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2018 5:17 PM CDT
The shadow of the earth passes through the moon during a total lunar eclipse over Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

(Newser) – A total lunar eclipse is coming July 27—and at an hour and 43 minutes of visibility, NASA says it will be the longest eclipse of the century. But if you're in the US, don't plan on seeing it: It will only be visible from parts of South America, much of Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, CBS News reports. A lunar eclipse, which occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon line up so that Earth's shadow is cast on the moon, always happens within two weeks of a solar eclipse; in this case, there will be partial solar eclipses on July 12 and August 11. Those will be visible from Australia (July) and parts of Europe and Asia (August).

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