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The total duration of the eclipse is six hours and 14 minutes of which the full eclipse will account for one hour and 43 minutes, officials said.

Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the "blood moon" lunar eclipse on Friday as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain.

The rare celestial event - said to be the longest in the 21st century - will see the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen.

The next total lunar eclipse, this long will not be until June 9, 2123.

Dr Duncan Steel, of Otago's Centre for Space Science Technology, said this might be figured impossible, given an eclipse occurred when the sun, Earth and moon were all in a straight line.

However, Mars is reaching its nearest point to Earth.

It's going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the twenty-first century, and a large proportion of people on Earth will be able to catch a glimpse of it.

REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014.

Astronomers predict that the partial lunar eclipse will end at around 6:19 a.m., but this is no longer visible as the moon will set at 5:44 a.m.

In Auckland, the eclipse would still be partial as the moon disappeared below the horizon.

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In South America, West Africa and Europe, the eclipse will begin with the rising of the Moon, in East Asia and Australia - on the contrary, with its setting.

The hype around the Eclipse of July 27 appeared because it will last a long time.

A total eclipse will start at 1:00 am (July 28).

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon's orbit takes it into the shadow of the Earth.

Like a vampiric fantasy projected on the night sky, the moon will turn a crimson-or "rusty orange" or "reddish brown", depending on who you consult-hue this Friday, July 27.

Certainly the star of the show, this month's total lunar eclipse is joined by an opening act: Mars is expected to be very close to the eclipsed Moon on July 27 and 28, making it easy to spot with the naked eye (weather permitting).

Even more compelling, we know that simple lifeforms were already plentiful on Earth 3.5-3.8 billion years ago.

Viewers in India will be able to witness the entire event, though some parts of the North-East might miss out on some of the action.

Due to pollution, people in some metro cities in India may not be able to view the eclipse in its full glory, but those in the countryside should get a good view of the phenomenon.

The red color is a product of Earth's atmosphere, which scatters light from the sun and it is reflected onto the moon.


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