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A partial lunar eclipse happens when part of the Moon enters Earth's shadow. While they will show the entire eclipse, if you're looking for totality, it occurs from 3:30 p.m. ET to 5:13 p.m. ET.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. The Mahila Seva Samaj School, in association with Aryabhata Planetarium, will be setting up a high-end telescope in the playground to view the spectacular blood moon.

New Zealand will get a short glimpse at the longest lunar eclipse of the century on Saturday morning.

The term "blood moon" may be a rather sinister description for a total eclipse of the moon, but that doesn't take away from the special event which will unfold in the skies on July 27.

Earth's permanent natural satellite - the Moon during a Lunar eclipse - umbra.

Before we had explanations before what causes the moon to appear red, ancient cultures often feared the worst.

North America, much of the Pacific Ocean and most of the Arctic won't see a thing - but live streams and photos from around the world will share the splendor.

"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", astronomy professor Andrew Fabian, of the University of Cambridge, told Reuters.

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"The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm".

"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 eclipse will be observable in parts of South America, most parts of Africa, Central, and West and Asia.

The moon appears red (rather than in complete darkness) due to blue light from the earth's atmosphere refracting sunlight onto the surface of the moon.

Lunar eclipses often throw up interesting data for astronomers. Since the moon will be at its farthest point from earth, it will take more time to pass through earth's shadow.

For thousands of years, different civilisations have associated the Blood Moon with catastrophic changes and apocalyptic disasters.

"The plane of orbit of the earth around the sun and the plane of orbit of the moon around the earth are very close to each other".

And unlike solar eclipses, especially the total solar eclipse in August 2017, the lunar eclipse is safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars.

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