July 28: there’s nothing you can do, a total eclipse of the moon

Pictures by Andrew Ritchie of Perth's previous lunar eclipse. The eclipse on July 28 will be the longest this century.
Pictures by Andrew Ritchie of Perth's previous lunar eclipse. The eclipse on July 28 will be the longest this century.

JULY will see the longest lunar eclipse so far this century, lasting one hour and 43 minutes.

On July 28, at 4.22am Perth time, there will be a total lunar eclipse.

The total eclipse begins at 3.30am and will finish at 5.13am.

It will be visible in most of Australia and Africa, as well as some parts of Europe.

The moon will pass through the centre of the Earth’s shadow, and is expected to turn a deep red colour.

A total lunar eclipse is caused when the moon passes through the umbra, the shadow of the Earth.

The July 28 eclipse will be especially long because the moon pass will almost directly though the centre of the shadow.