Longest lunar eclipse of the century on Friday

Best time to watch the

Best time to watch the

The eclipse will be visible in parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000, for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on June 15, 2011, for totality duration of 1 hour 40 minutes. The entire event, from the moment Earth's shadow starts to fall upon the moon's edge to the time when the bright full moon emerges, will take nearly 4 hours.

According to ABC News, on this Friday, Earthlings can witness the longest total lunar eclipse that'll turn the Moon reddish orange.

"It was widely known as Super Blue Blood Moon as it was a so-called supermoon, when a Moon appears extra big and bright being closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit".

The last time a total lunar eclipse lasted almost as long was on July 16, 2000, with a total duration of one hour and 46 minutes. Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar event can be viewed without wearing protective eye gear. "A Blue Moon is the second full moon during a calendar month", said Duari, who also termed the year 2018 as "a year of lunar eclipses".

While the planet Mars will find itself directly opposite the sun on the celestial sphere with the Earth right in the middle of the action.

The eclipse will be visible across much of the world, but not in North America.

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The next total lunar eclipse visible in the USA will be on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

The Royal Astronomical Society said that Mars and the moon will appear low in the sky for everyone in the United Kingdom, so a location with an unobstructed southeastern horizon will afford the best view.

Western Australia will be the only state in Australia to catch the entire eclipse, with first glimpse expected around 3.14am (AEST) as it begins. Here, a partial lunar eclipse will happen near moon rise time, according to NASA.

Stargazers can expect to see the blood moon from around 8.50pm.

"Meanwhile the greatest eclipse will be visible at 01-22 PST on July 28 which is going to be a historical moment", the PMD official said.

"The eclipse will happen on the same night that Earth is passing between the sun and Mars, placing Mars at opposition in our sky". Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky.

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