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During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon".

The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the United Kingdom from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST.

The long duration of this eclipse is partly due to the fact that the moon will make a near-central passage through Earth's umbra - the darkest, most central part of the shadow.

Adelaide and Darwin emerged as the winners of the "blood moon" spectacle Down Under, with skies remaining clear during the crucial eclipse window.

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During totality the moon will be completely in the Earth's shadow.

However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

The eclipse, however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. It's the longest full lunar eclipse of the century, so you can be sure that there will be plenty of people with lenses pointed skyward.

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.

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The July 2018 lunar eclipse will be the longest one till June 9, 2123. Spanning for 1 hour 43 minutes, the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will see the moon turning to a shade of red.

It will be at opposition, which means that it's at the opposite side of the Sun to the Earth.

This will cause a dark red glow to emit from the Moon.

The last lunar eclipse occurred on January 31, 2018.

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Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place.

Early morning star-gazers in Dunedin were rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at a "blood moon" like no other.

A partial eclipse was also observed in some areas when the moon entered and left the earth's atmosphere, referred in astronomical terms as the earth's umbral shadow. Amateur astronomers have also volunteered to guide people tonight about the eclipse, according to local media. That's nearly as long as the longest lunar eclipse ever, which came in at an hour and 47 minutes.

North American residents suffering from eclipse FOMO will be able to watch the event online.

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"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said.


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