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If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.

Billions of people across the world today are eyeing the sky tonight to witness one of the rarest yet interesting, picturesque, spectacle celestial the total lunar eclipse. 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 blood moon will last for one hour and 43 minutes, just shy of the theoretical limit of a lunar eclipse which is one hour and 47 minutes.

During the total eclipse - which begins at 7.30am New Zealand time when the sun rises - the moon was much fainter than it usually appeared, and was coloured between dark brown and blood red. Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood-red. In those countries, the moon will appear a deep copper red, because it will be reflecting the light from all the sunrises and sunsets happening around the globe.

Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, said it was a "very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night".

If you are interested in seeing the Moon's features during the eclipse, binoculars are handy to have. "If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun". In India, the occasion is also known as Guru Purnima. It wasn't visible in the USA, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

During the eclipse, the moon will hang low in the night sky so amateur astronomers stand a good chance of following the extraordinary event.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location.

The next lunar eclipse will be seen on December 31, 2028. The partial eclipse will start again around 3:49 am.

In Dunedin, hundreds of people gathered at Signal Hill lookout hoping to catch a glimpse of the full lunar eclipse.

The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse is the 17th total lunar eclipse since 2001, the beginning of this century, which will see 85 total lunar eclipses. CBSN, CBS News' 24-hour online streaming platform, will stream coverage featuring reports from CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta from Johannesburg, South Africa, and analysis from scientists and experts starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!"

Look into the night sky Friday and you might notice a reddish dot that seems unusually bright.


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