Countdown begins for the longest lunar eclipse of the century

Watch the “blood moon” total lunar eclipse this Friday

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is happening on Friday, but we won't be able to see it here.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible across much of the globe, including Australia. The partial eclipses that lead up to and follow the total eclipse will last an hour and 6 minutes each.

A super blue blood moon rises over Michmoret, Israel, Jan. 31, 2018.

NASA says that a lunar eclipse over 100 minutes will occur on Friday, making it the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

A lunar eclipse only occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned when our planet's satellite passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow).

The effect known as Rayleigh Scattering causes refracted sunlight in the atmosphere to filter out bands of visible colour other than red and orange.

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

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In mainland France, the eclipse will be visible from 10 pm - 10.30 pm and it is expected to last until almost 12.30 am.

The next lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America will be next winter: January 21, 2019.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".

The sun shall be darkened and the moon shall turn to blood before the great and awful day of the Lord comes. During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". The moon, closest to the center of the shadow, will showcase the maximum eclipse at 1:51 am. However, Indians won't be fortunate in light of the continuous rainstorm season in the nation which may make the moon be eclipse from seeing.

The whole of North America and Central America will miss out on the eclipse but stargazers in affected countries will have a chance to watch the Virtual Telescope live stream.

Unlike a solar eclipse, both the eclipsed moon and Mars can be viewed safely without eye protection.

Central and Eastern Africa: The entire eclipse will be visible in Central and Eastern Africa, with totality beginning in major cities like Cairo and Nairobi at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time, respectively.

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