What to expect in the longest total lunar eclipse of the century

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        Set your alarm for 8am Saturday to glimpse a once-in-a-lifetime

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Viewers in the Middle East, eastern Africa, southern Asia and India will be in prime position to witness the entire eclipse.

Unfortunately for us here in MI, this eclipse will only be visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

A significant celestial event will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow night as the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth for 103 minutes, turning it a deep shade of red.

Check this page closer to 3 p.m. Friday for a look at how the world is viewing the lunar eclipse. The eclipse will continue till 4.58 am, though the effect will not look as great.

Lunar eclipses tend to last a few hours.

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

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It will pass into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun and the atmosphere of the Earth will bend the light of the sun onto the moon.

At 12.19am, the moon will be out of the earth's umbral shadow and the observable eclipse will be over. The celestial event won't be visible in the US, Canada, or Mexico, which is disappointing due to its uniqueness: this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. This brings the Moon completely in the shadow of the Earth making it darker.

Clear skies during the early hours on 28 September allowed South Africans to witness the rare lunar eclipse of a so-called "blood moon" or "supermoon".

This still from a NASA video shows a blood moon. The planetarium has organised a "Moon Carnival" for people in the national capital to watch the eclipse, PTI reported. South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones. You don't need a telescope to watch a total lunar eclipse, at least NASA believes that.

Anyone who misses out on seeing Friday's lunar eclipse can be reassured knowing they will not have to wait too long for it to happen again - with the next lunar eclipse set to happen in January next year.

The Astronomical Society of India cautioned against creating a hype around this event in a statement. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon.

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