The 21st century’s longest lunar eclipse next week

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A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

However, the duration of the eclipse you see will depend on how close to moonrise or moonset the eclipse starts in your location.

Here's when totality will begin in the regions where the entire eclipse will be visible. Sometimes Earth moves between the sun and the moon. The moon appears to turn deep red or reddish brown.

A lunar eclipse usually lasts for a few hours.

This particular eclipse will be the longest because it's happening at the same time the moon hits its apogee, which is the farthest point from Earth in the moon's orbit, according to EarthSky.

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He said: "As the eclipse continues, it will be at peak position at 9.50pm and end at 10.13pm making it 35 minutes long".

On the US East Coast, the eclipse live stream will go live at 2.30pm ET or 11.30am on the West Coast. There will be a partial lunar eclipse next July.

As for a solar eclipse, you've got a longer wait.

'The sun's red light is scattered much less by air, and is bent by the earth's atmosphere in a process called refraction, travelling all the way through it to light up the moon's surface.

Some Christians believe the celestial event could mark the start of disaster, based on a passage from the biblical Book of Joel, which reads: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the bad day of the Lord comes".

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Eclipse Medication: Find a place outdoors or by a window where you can sit with a clear view of the Moon. But the night-time transformation of the moon into a bloody-red orb can be seen by anyone on the Earth below while it is night. In fact, it won't be visible anywhere in North America.

All of South Africa will see a total eclipse of the moon on Friday evening, 27 July, starting at 20h24, according to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA).

This time, the moon would pass right through the centre of the earth's shadow which makes it the first central lunar eclipse after the one in June 2011, B G Sidharth, Director of BM Birla Science Centre here said.

The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth. "Both the moon and Mars will be close to each other and will be visible in red".

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