Australia is getting a Blood Moon this weekend

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The moon turns red during a lunar eclipse as seen in New Delhi

According to EarthSky, it's the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

As this happens, some part of the Moon will not be visible to stargazers, resulting in a partial lunar eclipse.

Petro added that the totality of the lunar eclipse will last for an hour and about 42 minutes.

Sometimes called a blood moon, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves directly between the sun and the moon.

The Royal Astronomical Society said: 'Sometimes the eclipsed moon is a deep red colour, nearly disappearing from view, and sometimes it can be quite bright.

So, drumroll please: Coming up on Friday, July 27, 2018, the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century! The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which causes Earth's atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light.

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This is the fourth lunar eclipse this year, but it's the last one until 2021 viewable from Australia.

But dust thrown into the atmosphere by recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala was likely to paint the moon a deeper red. Mars will be one of four planets visible to the naked eye on eclipse night the others include Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. This one will be visible for almost four hours, as the moon passes through the centre of Earth's shadow. According to, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon. "A Blue Moon is the second full moon during a calendar month", said Duari, who also termed the year 2018 as "a year of lunar eclipses".

The moon will start changing shape when it enters the shadow of the Earth at 8.24pm before it is fully eclipsed from 9.30pm to 11.13pm.

This total lunar eclipse also coincides with the lunar apogee when the moon is farthest from the earth.

Unfortunately for those in the north of the country and some western areas, light rain is predicted while the east and most of the south is looking clear. During an annular eclipse, NASA uses ground and space instruments to view the corona when the moon blocks the sun's glare.

An opposition can occur anywhere in the planet's orbit and when it happens while Mars is at its closest to the sun, the event is known as perihelic opposition.

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