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For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

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

On the same day as the eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to Earth. The Mahila Seva Samaj School, in association with Aryabhata Planetarium, will be setting up a high-end telescope in the playground to view the spectacular blood moon.

"We have to wait for the moon to rise a little above the horizon to be able to see it, with the beginning of the eclipse taking place before the moon rises", Descamps said, adding that in French territories such as Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean the whole of the eclipse will be visible from beginning to end. Partial eclipses before and after the total eclipse means that from start to finish, the moon will spend almost 4 hours travelling behind Earth.

Because the total lunar eclipse had be ongoing at the time of moonset and sunrise, there were few vantage points on our planet to experience it - but New Zealand was fortunately one of them. Blue light is scattered, leaving only red.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

Unfortunately for those in the north of the country and some western areas, light rain is predicted while the east and most of the south is looking clear.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28

After Friday's climax it will continue to glow for several days through the weekend as partial eclipses continue to colour the moon as it passes partially into the Earth's shadow.

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian.

Saturday's selenelion, a total lunar eclipse where the Earth's atmosphere refracts light just enough to make the sun visible, occurs roughly once every 30 years in a particular location.

"The Moon is passing very close to the center of Earth's shadow, so it is passing on a chord that nearly equals the full diameter of the shadow", said Steve Edberg, a recently retired astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge. During this time, the moon will be under the complete shadow of the Earth for one hour and forty-three minutes.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123. While it won't be visible in Canadian skies, there are ways you can see the spectacle for yourself. "If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red".

But it can be hard to tell with the naked eye.

This phenomenon could be explained by the elliptical or oval-shaped orbits that Earth and Mars followed around the Sun.


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