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#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.

The red planet Mars will also appear at its brightest since 2003 overnight as it comes to closer to Earth than it has been in years during an "opposition", the Taipei Astronomical Museum said.

New Zealanders in the south will have the best chance of seeing tomorrow morning's total lunar eclipse.

No special filters are required to protect your eyes, which makes watching a lunar eclipse different from watching a solar eclipse, making this spectacle completely safe to view with the naked eye.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes.

While the blood red moon captivated viewers across the globe, daylight meant residents of the United States missed out on the event. England has been scorched by a ruthless sun for weeks, but in some areas stargazers gathered only to see the moon obscured by a sudden spell of cloudy weather.

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During an eclipse, most of the light from the Sun is blocked by the Earth as the moon travels through the Earth's shadow.

The entire eclipse will be visible from Africa, the Middle East and countries in central Asia.

The moon also plotted a fairly long path across the Earth's disk-shaped shadow.

North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

As NPR reported, NASA expected Friday's lunar eclipse to be the longest this century. The Bible contains references to the moon turning into blood and some ultra-Orthodox Jews consider lunar eclipses ominous and a cause for moral contemplation. The next similar lunar eclipse is speculated to witness in 2123.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark. During the course of the eclipse, Mars will sit at one of its closest points to Earth in its orbit.

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