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The Moon gradually returns to its normal color and brightens as it emerges from Earth's shadow. From this time, the moon will appear to change shape.

When the sun, Earth and moon are all lined up, sun-rays shine on the edges of the Earth.

Totality lasting approximately 103 minutes from 10.30pm the eclipse also featured satellite Mars, seen as a small yellow dot in the sky.

For those looking to capture the astronomical event, preparation is key.

On July 27th, 2018 most of the world will be treated to an extraordinary evening of activity in the sky.

The best place to see it was in central Scotland and Oxfordshire where the clouds parted allowing people to see the longest lunar eclipse so far this century. But that's not all.

At the same time, Mars will hover near the moon in the night sky, easily visible with the naked eye.

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Earlier this year, the world got a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse on January 31. Including that penumbral time, the eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes. The entire event lasts closer to four hours.

This eclipse will be visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia and Australia.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m.

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian. Don't stare at the blood moon while driving. Its associations are more superstitious than scientific. "The partial eclipse ends at 11.19 p.m.", he said. This eclipse is a total lunar eclipse, which means it will be particularly red.

Astronomy enthusiasts in Bern might have seen this view over the Church of the Holy Spirit as the sun, Earth and moon aligned with each other.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he said. Only red light makes it through the atmosphere. "Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown ... as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

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The Moon will begin a long journey through Earth's shadow on Friday afternoon, with the complete trip taking just over 6 hours.


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