Longest lunar eclipse of the century on Friday

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Dr Paige Godfrey, an astronomer at robotic telescope service Slooh, said: "This is the first total lunar eclipse since the supermoon trilogy that concluded in January 2018 with a lunar eclipse".

Brad Tucker, researcher at Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, explained why we don't get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle.

"The moon will start changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 20h24". In a partial eclipse, Earth's shadow appears very dark on the side of the moon facing Earth. The totality will begin around 4:21 p.m. People in the eastern part of South America and western parts of Europe will be able to see it at moonrise while parts of western Australia will get a glimpse during moonset. Those of you in the United Kingdom should look for this eclipse starting in at around 11PM (that's 23:00 hours) local time. However, those living in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia will be able to see it in its entirety.

But dust thrown into the atmosphere by recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala was likely to paint the moon a deeper red. That gives you plenty of time to stock up on those eclipse glasses you tossed after the big eclipse a year ago.

"You get a true sense of the solar system moving - and that in itself is a really dramatic experience".

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, completely blocking direct sunlight from reaching the moon, which gives the moon an orange/red hue that earns it the moniker of a "blood moon".

Dr Brown said: "The UK will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon".

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.

One of those promoting the idea that the Red Moon marks the end of the world is a pastor called Paul Begley, who is from Indiana.

Another great astronomical event will also take place that night as the Earth is also scheduled to be perfectly aligned with the sun and Mars.

For the second phase, as the moon continues on its orbit, there will be another partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from around 2:43 am IST.