Bangladesh witnesses longest lunar eclipse

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 12:44am on July 29, 2018


Indonesian Muslims pray as a lunar eclipse is projected on a screen at Al-Akbar mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia.— Reuters photo

Although the sky over Bangladesh was not too clear due to clouds, many people of the country saw the record-breaking lunar eclipse early Saturday.
The moon was to be eclipsed by the earth’s shadow for more than three hours, starting on Friday night and then into the early hours of Saturday morning.
The longest lunar eclipse of the century started at11:13pm and ended at 5:30am, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
The total eclipse occurred at 1:37am, making Bangladeshis thrilled.
Besides, the maximum eclipse occurred at 2:21am.
The total lunar eclipse takes place when the earth comes between the sun and the moon and covers the moon with its shadow. When this happens, the moon can turn red, earning it the nickname ‘blood moon’.