Blood Moon 2018: How to view the total lunar eclipse in Australia

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The longest lunar eclipse this century is on the way Friday, according to NASA, but those of us who live in the United States won't get to see it.

As this happens, some part of the Moon will not be visible to stargazers, resulting in a partial lunar eclipse. We'll be treated to the cosmic display for nearly two hours; experts reckon the Blood Moon will last approximately one hour and 43 minutes in total.

The full lunar eclipse is expected to last more than 100 minutes and will transform the moon into a reddish-orange color, but the entire event will last more than 6 hours.

A Lunar Eclipse is a phenomena that occurs when Earth comes between Moon and the Sun, thus obscuring Moon in its shadow.

A total lunar eclipse typically occurs once or twice a year and the next will take place on the night of January 21, 2019.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.

Fans should be quick if they want to catch it, because it'll be your last chance to see one from the United Kingdom until January next year. This makes the moon appear red to people on Earth.

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The eclipse will be visible in South Africa from 20h24 and then from 21h30 to 23h13. The moon will appear slightly smaller because it is farther from the Earth.

For the second phase, as the moon continues on its orbit, there will be another partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from around 2:43 am IST. The Moon will get to the height of the eclipse at around 1.51 am, at which point it would have reached the centre of the Umbra.

The team of astronomers behind the Virtual Telescope will stream the Blood Moon from the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy.

Unfortunately, given that the total eclipse is scheduled to occur from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. EDT, North Americans will be unable to observe the epic celestial event.

A large portion of Australia will be treated to the longest total lunar eclipse in recent history.

As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or awful blood red. During an annular eclipse, NASA uses ground and space instruments to view the corona when the moon blocks the sun's glare.

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