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Longest total lunar eclipse concludes Friday night

Longest total lunar eclipse concludes Friday night

The full eclipse took place at 2022 GMT and could be seen in Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia and Australia, although cloud clouds obscured the moon in some places.

Astronomers said Friday's lunar eclipse was the longest in this century, lasting for 103 minutes, and that this running time wouldn't be matched until 2123.

This eclipse will begin with the penumbral phase starting at 1:14 am (AWST) where the Moon starts to enter the outer edge of the Earth's shadow (The Penumbra) and the Moon starts to dim.

A NASA image of a "blood moon" blushing red.

The same day, Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to earth, so observers may be able to see what looks like an orange-red star which is in fact the so called red planet.

As of now, the lunar eclipse can be seen only on timeanddate.com/live/.

The Moon gradually returns to its normal color and brightens as it emerges from Earth's shadow.

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Slooh will broadcast the entire lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel, which should go live at 1:00 p.m. EDT (17:00 UT).

After that, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion at 11.19pm.

The July 28th 2018 Blood Moon will be visible in large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

NASA said the reason the eclipse lasted more than one hour and 40 minutes was because the moon went "directly through the center of the Earth's shadow". Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky. This visibility of lunar eclipse in India is expected to be pretty good but cloudy sky and inclement weather may hurt your chances of being able to watch the phenomenon.

The Red Planet was closer to the Earth and brighter than it has been in 15 years, making for some spectacular images.

There are about four lunar eclipses each year.

The moon which is described by scientists as the Earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown, during the total eclipse.

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