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Don’t miss your date with century’s longest Lunar Eclipse on July 27

30 July 2018

Though there won't be an eclipse that lasts as long for another century, you'll still have plenty of other opportunities to witness a blood moon in your lifetime.

The moon is set to turn red on Friday in the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, visible across Europe. The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1am IST.

According to TimeandDate.com, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. on July 28 Taipei time, with the total eclipse beginning at 3.30 a.m.

"It's called a blood Moon because the light from the Sun goes through the Earth's atmosphere on its way to the Moon, and the Earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red", he said.

Alexander tweeted: "A partially eclipsed Moon, with our neighbouring planet in the background, just before diving into Earth's atmosphere".

As the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but it didn't disappear. The most dramatic part of the total blackout of the moon is expected to last almost two hours, at one hour 43 minutes as the orb passes very close to the centre of the Earth's shadow.

Mars is sitting about 57.6 million kilometres away and appeared as the bright star adjacent to the moon, making for a spectacular celestial fest. The total eclipse will last from 19:30 to 21:13 GMT.

In Germany, sky gazers will have a chance to see the Friday's "blood moon" at approximately 22:22 hours local time (20:22 UTC) and clear skies are expected for much of the country, except eastern and southeastern Germany. The moon will don a fiery red look, casting it as a "blood moon", when the sun and moon are on exact opposite sides of the Earth - cutting off sunlight from the moon.

Although no longer directly illuminated by the Sun, the moon still catches light filtered and bent by the Earth's atmosphere.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes".

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT.

The best views were in Western Australia because it was still dark during the lunar eclipse process.

While this picture shows the blood moon next to Polant's statue of Nike, the goddess of victory.

Don’t miss your date with century’s longest Lunar Eclipse on July 27