Total lunar eclipse around the world

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The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse precedes and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in the earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA.

Brits will be able to view the moon for around 103 minutes as the moon moves through the Earth's shadow.

Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon.

'The moon will be rising at 8.50 pm and will be in full eclipse by then and as the sun goes down the moon should take on a blood-red type colour'. This is why the moon will appear red during the eclipse, and is therefore sometimes nicknamed a "blood moon". This is when the moon is completely inside the Earth's shadow and is the most spectacular part of the lunar eclipse.

The total phase of eclipse will end at 2.43 am.

The best areas to see the eclipse include South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

It's also what's being called a "blood moon".

But it won't be visible in Baltimore, or anywhere in North America.

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"This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".

Even though we can't watch it in person, there will be plenty of live streams online to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse.

Stargazers in the United Kingdom had to make do with watching the event on a live stream. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m.

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years on Friday to offer sky gazers a thrilling astronomical double bill.

A "super moon" occurs when the moon is near its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star.

While Mars will be overhead for people in central Chile, South African and Australia, it will be low in the southern sky for those watching in the USA and Europe.

Neil Mahrer, from Jersey Astronomy Club, said: 'What we are doing is taking some telescopes and binoculars to the south-east coast as it will not be that visible from our usual place at Les Creux, ' he said. "At most perihelic oppositions, including this one, the planet retreats to the belly of the ecliptic low in the southern sky". So if bad weather disrupts your opportunity on Friday, there will be more chances.

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