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Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show.

The 99% Waxing Gibbous moon over Whitley Bay ahead of Friday's Blood moon total lunar eclipse.

This eclipse will begin with the penumbral phase starting at 1:14 am (AWST) where the Moon starts to enter the outer edge of the Earth's shadow (The Penumbra) and the Moon starts to dim.

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The reddish appearance of the lunar surface - the moon's image does not vanish entirely during an eclipse - is due to rays of sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere as the moon falls into our planet's shadow.

The next such lunar eclipse won't be until 2123.

In a statement by the agency's head of media and corporate communications, Dr. Felix Ale, the eclipse was expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until it ended around 12:30am of Saturday (today).

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As the moon moves into the Earth's shadow, it will darken. Expect the total lunar eclipse to transform the moon into a "blood moon" that is orangish red in color for more than a hundred minutes.

The moon is framed by the Colosseum during a complete lunar eclipse, in Rome, Friday, July 27, 2018. For this eclipse, Diego says skywatchers can expect to see a "bright red-orange moon".

"The reason that the moon turns red is because atmospheric scattering causes red light to pass through the atmosphere and the composition of the atmosphere can change if volcanic eruptions or forest fires occur", said Tom Kerss, an astronomer with the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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In contrast, New Zealanders will be able to watch the start of the eclipse before sunrise July 28. The eclipse is set to occur during North America's daytime, but will be visible in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Mars will appear at its brightest as it coincidentally happens to travel closest to Earth, a mere 57.7 million kilometers (35.9 million miles) away, on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

Trinbagonians may catch the eclipse around 6:30 pm on Friday evening. The eclipse takes place once in a century so you can consider yourself to be lucky to see one.

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