total lunar eclipse

South Africans are in for a treat as we can expect a total lunar eclipse to take place on the 27th of July 2018. The sight will be an abnormally long one too!


Last year the internet was buzzing with the total solar eclipse that was visible from most parts of the US. The total eclipse lasted a full two minutes. It was the first coast to coast total solar eclipse in nearly a century. Americans were geared up with protective eye-wear and smartphones in hand to capture some cool images.

The rest of us were blessed with a live stream of the event from various NASA operated cameras located in different states. We shared a really cool post after the fact, filled with images from the day. In the story, we mentioned that South African’s would get their chance in July 2018.

Well, this is your reminder to diarise it because it is happening! Only we will be getting the chance to see a total lunar eclipse. This one will be a little more gentle on the eyes. The eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest lunar eclipse of the whole 21st century. However, the moon will be at its smallest on this night.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that cannot be missed! According to NASA, it is taking place on the 27th of July starting at around 7 pm, the full lunar eclipse will be visible around 10 pm and end just after midnight.

Did you know that a total eclipse never happens alone? A few weeks before and after, there is also a partial eclipse. This one’s companion eclipse will take place on the 13th of July 2018. Sadly, that won’t be visible in South Africa. You will also be able to see Mars and the Milky Way which will be to the left of the moon. With the light of the moon blocked by earth’s shadow, stars not often visible to the naked eye will be visible as well.

Take a look at the timeline below.

For details on what time it will be visible in your area, check here by adding your location. Times and images above are based on Johannesburg.

Sources: NASA /
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