Lunar Eclipse to Be Visible This Friday

Georgia will have a front row seat to, quite literally, the eclipse of the century this Friday night.

On the night of July 27-28, the full moon will experience the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Its totality will last 1 hour and 43 minutes. For comparison, the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century was on April 4, 2015 and lasted a mere 4 minutes and 48 seconds. Moving in and out of the totality phase, partial eclipses will be visible, making the entire process around 4 hours long.

The eclipse will also have a side show – the Earth is passing between the sun and Mars, called a ‘Mars opposition,’ on the night of July 27. says it will be “the best Mars opposition since 2003,” with Mars glowing very bright and very red near the eclipsed moon this Friday.

Visibility varies, but the entire eclipse will be visible in the Eurasia region.

The eclipse will begin at 9 pm and the total eclipse will last from 11:30 pm – 1:13 am.

Some of the best viewing spots in Tbilisi are likely near Lisi Lake, the Chronicles of Georgia statues, and Narikala. A group is also gathering at the Old Hippodrome to watch the eclipse, hosted by the Georgia Astronomy Club.


By Samantha Guthrie

26 July 2018 14:32