A total lunar eclipse is expected to be observed in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries next week, as it will be the longest experience to watch since eight decades.
Professor Khalid al-Zaaq, a member in the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, revealed on his social media accounts that on Friday July 27, Saudi Arabia will experience the longest lunar total eclipse since 83 years.
Al-Zaaq said: “the total lunar eclipse will last over 100 minutes and will be seen in the hemisphere at different levels, and in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf will be fully observed, occurring at 9:24 pm, and will ends at 1:19 am.”
It is worth mentioning that Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types, total, partial and penumbral, with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.