Total lunar eclipse around the world

Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

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One of the longest total lunar eclipses of the centuries will light up the skies around the world on Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning. All of Asia (including India), and Eastern Africa will get to watch the entire eclipse including the two partial lunar eclipse.

The total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Delhi.

Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon. The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1am IST.

Members of public are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes to enjoy viewing the lunar eclipse. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

A close-up view of the total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth and Moon are perfectly aligned.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". The celestial event won't be visible in the US, Canada, or Mexico, which is disappointing due to its uniqueness: this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

The total phase of eclipse will end at 2.43 am.

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The next lunar eclipse will be seen on December 31, 2028.

This eclipse will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2018, after the one in January.

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.

With the Middle East nearly in the centre of the event, the UAE has one of the "best seats in the house", according to a local astronomer.

The full eclipse will begin at approximately 9:13 p.m. UTC, which is just 5:13 p.m. EST, making it impossible to see from anywhere in the United States, Canada, Central America, or Greenland.

The probability of a simultaneous blood moon and total lunar eclipse is very low, reports say.

There are solar and lunar eclipses, which occur in multiple ways.

Stardome Observatory astronomy educator Josh Kirkley said New Zealanders wanting to see the blood moon should get a clear view of the western horizon and keep their eyes peeled from 6.25am until the moon sets at 7.20am.

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