The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming on Friday

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.

During the total eclipse (which begins at 7:30 am, NZST) the Moon is much fainter than it usually appears, and is coloured between dark brown and blood red, leading to various superstitions about the "Blood Moon".

"The light from the sun goes through the Earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon, and the Earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down, it goes red", astronomy professor Andrew Fabian, of the University of Cambridge, told Reuters.

The celestial effects of the total lunar eclipse will be visible in all Indian cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, and Mumbai among other cities.

The next time there is a total lunar eclipse this long will not be until June 9, 2123.

Also, timeanddate.com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

Although Mars is visible in the night sky all year round, it will be extremely bright on July 27.

The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth.

According to QCH experts lunar eclipses can be seen with naked eye unlike solar eclipses, which need to be looked at using eclipse glass or filters.

It's going to be a rare celestial event.

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Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

"On July 27th, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America", NASA said.

The site also has interactive maps that show which regions will see a partial or total eclipse.

A Blood Moon will be visible from 3.15am on July 28, a day after the rest of the world.

The eclipse's totality, when the moon passes through Earth's shadow, will last for 1 hour, 43 minutes, the longest for a lunar eclipse this century.

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming up, and you don't want to miss it. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep reed in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

"Hence the appellation of "Blood Moon".

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

The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.

As the entire eclipse will occur when the moon is fairly close to the horizon, the main thing to ensure is that you have a clear sightline to the south east. But on Friday, the moon reaches its apogee, or the farthest point from Earth in its orbit.

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