Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

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FULL moons and lunar eclipses have always been associated with various legends, myths and dark apocalyptic theories.

It doesn't get much better than that.

However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours. Unfortunately the event will be occurring during our daytime.

People in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia will have the best view, while the final stages of the eclipse after sunset will be visible in parts of South America. Open up your Web browser (or smartphone app) during the daytime and watch the moon turn red online. It only reflects the light it gets from the Sun. The total eclipse will begin at 1 am (July 28) and soon the moon will appear to turn red, looking the darkest at 01.52 am. A partial lunar eclipse happens when part of the Moon enters Earth's shadow.

Dr Brown said: 'At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun.

The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123.

East coast viewers will see the blood moon at its fullest at about 5.30am, with the Earth, moon and sun in flawless alignment.

"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 and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"

For best viewing, it is recommended that stargazers head outside at 10:21PM, which is when the moon will be closest to the center of the shadow. This occurs at the same time that Mars will reach one of its closest points to the Earth, about 35.9 million miles away.

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Hence a black shadow will be seen taking a bite out of the moon.

Early risers on Saturday morning are set for a celestial feast as scientists predict the moon to glow blood red thanks to the longest lunar eclipse this century. A lunar eclipse can last for a few hours.

The next one, which is coming up on January 21, 2019, will be 1 hour and 2 minutes.

It'll just be 42 minutes shorter. It lasted for 4 minutes and 43 seconds.

"This evening's rain will probably be a more hit or miss affair but Friday night likely to see higher totals", Niall Tweeted. The total phase of eclipse will end at 2.43 am, it will be out of umbral shadow by 03.49 am and completely out of penumbra at 5 am.

During a total eclipse, the Earth completely obscures sunlight from directly hitting the moon as the sun, the Earth and the moon will be in ideal alignment. People can view the moon between 11.30 p.m. and 3 a.m. depending on conditions in the sky. But for views of elsewhere in the Solar System, Jupiter will be in the southern sky and Venus in the west.

Due to this, the closest approach of Mars to us will occur four days later than its opposition.

Mars is brighter than it has been in years.

Unfortunately, those features are now obscured due to a global dust storm on the Red Planet.

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