The longest lunar eclipse of the century stuns viewers across Australia

A blood moon will appear in the night sky around much of the world on Friday night

The fullest eclipse, at 2022 GMT, will be visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia and Australia.

It is to note that the eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts.

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The moon will glide into Earth's shadow Friday in what will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. The totality period of the eclipse will last for one hour and 42 minutes, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It will appear like a bright star, before fading from sight a few minutes later.

The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123.

People looking through a telescope at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya, on July 27, 2018. The lunar eclipse in India will start at around 10:44 pm on Friday and stay till around 2:43 am. There are many factors for this, one being that the moon will be at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely", said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London.

The scientist said during a total lunar eclipse, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon, while the only light reflected from the lunar surface would be refracted by earth's atmosphere.

On July 31, 2018, Mars will also make its closest approach to the Earth - it will be about 57 million kilometres or 35.7 million miles away.

The rare cosmic event won't be visible to skywatchers in Canada, the US or Greenland, but it should be at least partially visible everywhere else. The partial lunar eclipse had started around 11:54 pm and the total lunar eclipse took place around 1:05 am.

The blood moon from Terry Hills, New South Wales.

Unfortunately, the eclipse will only be considered partial in New Zealand.

"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said.

As Dr Gregory Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, explains: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".

Apart from being called the red Moon, it is also known as Sturgeon, Hay, or Mead Moon.



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