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Total lunar eclipse on July 27: What you need to know

Total lunar eclipse on July 27: What you need to know

The eclipse will be visible from countries in Africa, Central Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. "If you were on the moon, you would see a total solar Eclipse because the Earth would block the Sun".

In the US, the lunar eclipse will start around 1:14 p.m. ET, and the maximum period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. ET, making it too light outside for the blood moon to be visible, Petro said.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth and into its shadow. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye.

The moon will be low on our horizon when it starts to go dark and it will set while completely immersed in a dull-red stain.

The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth.

The Royal Astronomical Society said: 'Sometimes the eclipsed moon is a deep red colour, nearly disappearing from view, and sometimes it can be quite bright.

According to NASA, the partial eclipse will begin at 7.24 p.m. CET, with the total eclipse starting at 8.30 p.m. CET and ending at 10.13 p.m CET. Sorry, North America, you'll need to watch online instead.

This will be a historical eclipse as it will last three hours and 55 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of this century.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 20th century happened on July 16, 2000, according to EarthSky.

The eclipse will also be visible to most parts of Africa‚ Europe‚ the Middle East and eastern Asia. It is known that the total lunar eclipse will be visible in cities including Delhi, Pune and Mumbai among others. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on January 21, 2019.

In addition, a full moon during an Eclipse repainted in a dramatic color.

Blood Moon is coming this Friday - on 27 July - so if you've got big plans you might want to put them on hold.

"The longest possible period for a full moon eclipse is 1 hour 47 minutes", Angkasa deputy director-general Samsuddin Omar told Bernama.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one is extra special because it's also the Blood Moon.

As the Moon continues on its orbit, and pulls away from the Umbra, stargazers will notice another partial lunar eclipse.

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