Blood Moon 2018: Complete lunar eclipse the longest of this century

A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv Israel Friday

"[This will be] the longest [lunar eclipse] in this century", he said.

The moon will enter the penumbral shadow of the Earth between 10.44 pm and 10.53 pm, and will be followed by a partial eclipse from 11.54 pm.

Jostling for position at viewing spots with clear views of the horizon, early risers on the eastern seaboard watched as the blood moon dipped beneath the western horizon.

At the same time, Mars is travelling closer to Earth than it has done since 2003, so some observers may see what looks like an orange-red star - and is in fact the red planet.

Basically, this particular blood moon is not the one for you if you're an American who will be in America on Friday.

Current estimates suggest the total lunar eclipse will begin at 7.30pm and end around 9.10pm.

Across Africa people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface.

How to photograph a blood moon?

For those looking to capture the astronomical event, preparation is key. It usually gives the moon a rosy blush.

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But, yeah, aside from using common sense, you should be good.

How often does a blood moon occur?

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Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it.

The last lunar eclipse occurred on January 31, 2018.

A reporter form ABC News named Matt Gutman portrayed seeing the lunar eclipse from Hong Kong as more like a dark smirch, because of the weather. With the Blood Moon taking place here are some myths surrounding the lunar phenomenon. Furthermore, the Moon will be at apogee - farthest from the Earth in its orbit, on July 27 and will be moving at a slower speed in its orbit.

Aside form the eclipse itself (which lasted one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds) the moon also underwent a phenomenon known as a "blood moon".

Astronomy enthusiasts in Bern might have seen this view over the Church of the Holy Spirit as the sun, Earth and moon aligned with each other.

The Met Office has warned there is a potential for showers to develop across the eastern half of the United Kingdom, which will obscure theview of the eclipse.

Thousands of Australians rose in the pre-dawn twilight, braving the winter chill on Saturday to marvel at a spectacular celestial display - a glowing red moon and a shimmering Mars.

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