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When the moon moved into the conical shadow of the earth, it went from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

At just about one hour and 43 minutes, it will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, according to EarthSky.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting a deep shadow over the moon's surface. Thus, there is a possibility that the clouds may hide your view of the eclipse. That means the moon will appear slightly smaller in the sky and will take a little bit longer to go through Earth's shadow, Space.com reported.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

North America will nearly completely miss out on the blood moon.

Astronomers said Friday's lunar eclipse was the longest in this century, lasting for 103 minutes, and that this running time wouldn't be matched until 2123. All of Asia (including India), and Eastern Africa will get to watch the entire eclipse including the two partial lunar eclipse.

This will be the second and last lunar eclipse of 2018. Total eclipses-like the one we're due for-happen when the trio is in a completely straight line, and no light from the sun can directly reach the moon.

Also in the celestial mix, Mars will be in opposition on Friday - meaning it and the sun will be on opposite sides of Earth on the same day as the total lunar eclipse.

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Blood moons tend to happen around three times a year across the globe, but some years there may be none.

And yes, you'll likely hear this eclipse being referred to as the "blood moon".

The moon started turning red about 4:30am AEST Saturday morning. You don't need a telescope to watch a total lunar eclipse, at least NASA believes that.

As the sunlight has to travel around Earth, if there is a lot of particulate matter in the air then it will encourage greater rates of refraction, making the moon appear red.

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse.

Tshwane residents hope for a cloudless night tonight for a clear view of the lunar eclipse.

#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27.

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