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Red Moon and the Red Planet

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     SPECTACLE The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming GETTY SPECTACLE The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming
Kristen Harrington | 28 July, 2018, 15:58

A partial lunar eclipse, as seen from Gaza City on Friday, July 27. Spanning for 1 hour 43 minutes, the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will see the moon turning to a shade of red.

The totality of this lunar eclipse will last about an hour and 43 minutes, but a partial eclipse before and after the total phase means the moon will spend almost four hours crossing the Earth's shadow.

It will pass into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun and the atmosphere of the Earth will bend the light of the sun onto the moon.

The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

The celestial event comes as a result of the alignment between the moon, Earth and the sun, and will be visible across the United Kingdom and parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

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It will be fully eclipsed from 9:30pm to 11:13pm and it will then have a reddish colour as light is refracted from the earth's atmosphere.

At the same time, Mars is traveling closer to Earth than it has done since 2003, so some observers may see what looks like an orange-red star - and is in fact the red planet.

Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the US since 1979 last August.

Here are some of the most googled questions about the lunar eclipse answered.

In Italy, the moon was spotted rising over the church of San Giuseppe Falegname while a shining orb was visible above the Chambered Castle in France.

Amateur astronomers will guide people about the eclipse.

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The best views - weather permitting - could be across Eastern Europe, Central and East Africa and South East Asia, from where the entire eclipse will be visible.

The good news for Brits is that they will be able to see that blood moon in its entirety - as long as there are clear skies.

Those in Australia's west, where alarms were set from 2am, got to see the end of the eclipse's totality, he said.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers did not need protective eye gear to observe the rare display.

As a European Southern Observatory photo ambassador, a member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical skyscapes that connect Earth and the night sky.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow. There are many factors for this, one being that the moon will be at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky.

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