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Century's longest total lunar eclipse and Great Planetary parade on Saturday

Century's longest total lunar eclipse and Great Planetary parade on Saturday

(There was also a blood moon prophecy about the apocalypse approaching four years ago, so, uh, check that out if you're interested.) When a partial lunar eclipse occurs, the moon does not appear as red or as striking, so these are not called blood moons. Deemed as the longest lunar eclipse in 100 years, with a duration of one hour and 43 minutes, the celestial phenomenon will be visible in India.

People in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia had the best view.

The eclipse began at 10.44 p.m on Friday night ending at 4.58 a.m on Saturday.

The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

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In a special treat, Mars is in opposition on Friday.

The lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on the night side of Earth.

This takes place only at full moon.

The midpoint of the 17th lunar eclipse of the 21st century was at 9.21pm when the moon was totally eclipsed by the earth and at its darkest.

The Full Eclipse ended at 5.13am and the Partial Eclipse ended at 6.19am where it was last seen in the Brunei skies.

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As it rose, during this total eclipse , Earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. Viewers received an extra treat, with Mars competing for attention, sparkling brightly.

Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history. And major observational facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope are always there to support U when U are keen to see the lunar eclipse.

Until science put the record straight, folk tales abounded about such occurrences, with some civilisations attributing them to conflicts between the gods.

Although no longer directly illuminated by the Sun, the moon still catches light filtered and bent by the Earth's atmosphere.

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 eclipse will not be visible to residents of the U.S. as by the time the moon rises at night in the United States, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra.

Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
The total "blood moon" will be visible to the naked eyes from India and parts of South-America, Europe, and Australia. During a total lunar eclipse , the moon takes on its ghostly red pallor because of the Earth's shadow .

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it. Celestial bodies align Mars appeared unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometers (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun. Coincidentally, Mars was also at its brightest, putting two bright red objects in the sky.