The moon will turn blood red in Canberra early on Saturday morning

Watch the “blood moon” total lunar eclipse this Friday

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.

Lunar eclipses generally last much longer than their solar counterpart.

After this, you will witness the next lunar eclipse on December 31, 2028.

And keep in mind to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance. This is an eclipse of the moon - a lunar eclipse. According to Earthsky.org, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon.

Scientists say the reason this Friday's lunar eclipse is especially long is because the moon is passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow.

Moreover, astronomy enthusiasts will also be able to see planet Mars along with the total lunar eclipse at the same time.

According to a release by ASSA, "The moon will start changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 20h24".

However the brightness of the red colour depends on how dirty the atmosphere is due to volcanic eruptions - and experts don't believe this particular blood moon will display a strong red. The partial eclipse will start again around 3:49 am.

For people in the United Kingdom, the "blood moon" will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow.

Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun. However, the director says, "The planetarium is also making arrangements for Mars viewing". In the south, you can spot Jupiter and Saturn, and in the west, Venus can be seen. It will appear like a bright star, before fading from sight a few minutes later.

"It's the brightest thing in the sky apart from aircraft", said Mr Scagell.

Scientists have perfectly adequate explanations for the phenomenon other than impending armageddon.

"You will see the sunrise and sunset of the Earth lighting up the surface of the Moon over 350,000 km away".

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. "It's not surprising people were terrified by it".

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