How to view the longest lunar eclipse this century

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"The moon is always in flawless line with the Sun and the Earth, so we don't get a lunar Eclipse in every lunar cycle, said brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Research school of astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian national University".

The next total lunar eclipse visible from start to finish from anywhere in Africa is in 2025 and is expected to start at 18h27. The total lunar eclipse will last almost 103 minutes, which makes it the century's longest.

The entire celestial event will last more than six hours, according to NASA.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth.

And the sunlight that does manage to pass through Earth's atmosphere and reach the moon makes the moon look red - because most of the blue light has been filtered out by Earth's atmosphere, NASA said.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America on 27 July.

In a lovely coincidence, on July 27, Mars will also appear large and bright in the sky as it moves towards its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

Eclipse 2018 Blood Moon lunar eclipse
Eclipse 2018 Scattered sunlight will paint the moon a deep red to orange colour

This full moon in July is also known as the Full Buck Moon and Thunder Moon, occurring when a male deer's antlers are in full growth and at a time of frequent thunderstorms, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Putting to rest all apprehensions about the risks associated with viewing the eclipse with a naked eye, Duari said, "No special filters are required to protect our eyes like those used for watching solar eclipses". - Will we be able to observe the lunar Eclipse?

As if the eclipse isn't enough to hold our attention, Mars will be its closest and brightest to its neighbours since 2003.

The next total eclipse of the sun visible in the US will occur on April 8, 2024. To compare, it falls just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time a lunar eclipse could last. It is the result of the sun's rays bending around the edge of our planet and landing onto the moon's surface.

A view of the total lunar eclipse that was witnessed in Singapore on January 31, 2018.

The eclipse, which is visible across the country, will take place from 11.54pm to 3.49am.

But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find a ideal spot, you'll still be able to get a good view of the red moon as it rises in the sky.

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