Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse

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The next total lunar eclipse will occur on January 19 2019.

It won't be visible in the US, but can be seen in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia - depending on the weather. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon".

The total eclipse lasted one hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show. In those countries, the moon will appear a deep copper red, because it will be reflecting the light from all the sunrises and sunsets happening around the globe. In Johannesburg, residents took advantage of the clear winter night and watched the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface.

The full moon is seen during a "blood moon" eclipse over the temple of Apollo in Corinth, on July 27, 2018. - AFP A man looks through a telescope at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya.

If you are a lover of sky-gazing lover, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy tonight's spectacular red moon.

The moon is seen turning red over the Sydney skyline during a total lunar eclipse
The moon is seen turning red over the Sydney skyline during a total lunar eclipse

The moon and the mars are seen during a lunar eclipse is seen above the cityscape and the television tower in Berlin, Germany, on July 27, 2018. The moon in the lunar eclipse will also be passing through the middle of the Earth's shadow, meaning it will spend the maximum time in darkness, thus contributing to the long duration of the eclipse.

Clouds have hindered Perth's view of the longest blood moon this century, but it didn't stop stargazers from making the most of the small window to see the phenomenon this morning. As such, Mars should be easily seen by the naked eye, even in light-polluted metropolitan areas like Taipei.

No glasses are needed for the lunar eclipse due to its dimmer colour.

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality" when the moon appears darkest and takes on a red hue lasted from 8.30pm until 10.13pm.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and handsome", said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London.

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