Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place

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In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane the moon will begin to turn red at around 4.24am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday.

The moon is going to disappear for six hours next week in a mega lunar eclipse - the longest for the entire 21st century. It will be a super moon as well, which is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon's position at it's closest to the Earth.

After about two hours the moon will turn red.

The next lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America will be next winter: January 21, 2019.

Coming Friday and the world is set to see an exhibition of the rarest of a special assortment-the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century. has a map showing more exact times. Mars will be close to the earth and look brighter. The darkest part of Earth's shadow, the umbra, can be pictured as a cone extending from Earth in the opposite direction to the sun. On July 27, our satellite will not only pass through the mid-point of Earth's shadow, but it will also be the farthest possible distance from our planet.

However the brightness of the red colour depends on how dirty the atmosphere is due to volcanic eruptions - and experts don't believe this particular blood moon will display a strong red.

City group Dundee Culture has prepared a definitive guide of the best spots to head for in the city to get the optimum view of the natural phenomenon.

Moreover, astronomy enthusiasts will also be able to see planet Mars along with the total lunar eclipse at the same time.

'There are different types of lunar eclipse but a total eclipse is the most spectacular and is the only type that causes the moon to appear red'. "The total eclipse is also referred to as the Blood Moon because of the characteristic way in which the moon glows in reddish-orange colour". "So, we haven't plan to organise an event on the day".

Whether Hagee, Begley and others' predictions come true or not, the eclipse will be visible over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas on Friday, July 27, for approximately 1 hour and 43 minutes. "We've all caught on to this lovely word "blood-moon".

Unlike a solar eclipse, both the eclipsed moon and Mars can be viewed safely without eye protection.