Longest total lunar eclipse of 21st century coming Friday

Because the Earth, sun and the moon all move at different speeds around the celestial planes, both solar and lunar eclipses show up at various times across locations. The lunar eclipse will also be visible in India, and this will be a "Blood Moon" as well, where the Earth's satellite takes on a reddish tinge. "Both the moon and Mars will be close to each other and will be visible in red". When this happens, Earth blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. The eclipse will end at 11.14, making it the longest eclipse of the moon this century. The Moon will start to turn red from about 5.30 am.

The most-awaited phase of the eclipse, the total lunar eclipse, is estimated to set in from 1 am IST on July 28.

However, during a lunar eclipse the glow from the moon is not almost as strong.

The additional partial and penumbral eclipsing will bring the entire spectacle up to about three hours and 55 minutes in total.

After this, a partial lunar eclipse will take a bite out of the moon on the night of July 16 to July 17, 2019. While the partial lunar eclipse is expected to end by 3.49 am, and the penumbral eclipse would end by about 4.58 am.

Fans should be quick if they want to catch it, because it'll be your last chance to see one from the United Kingdom until January next year.

A lunar eclipse is pictured over the ocean in Oceanside, Calif., Jan. 31, 2018.

Stargazers in the Netherlands will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun on Friday evening, and the weather forecast makes it likely the "blood moon" will be clearly visible as the sky darkens.

Even if you're in North America, you can still watch the July 27 eclipse online through the Virtual Telescope Project's website, which will start livestreaming the eclipse at 2:30 p.m.

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