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Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings for blood moon, and when will India see the next total lunar eclipse

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Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon.

The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the United Kingdom from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

One of the longest total lunar eclipses of the centuries will light up the skies around the world on Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning. The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer.

It will be partially visible in the United Kingdom from 8.15pm on Friday evening - but rain clouds and thunderstorms could scupper skygazers' attempts to watch the celestial spectacular. Opposition occurs when Earth is positioned with the Sun lined up directly behind it, and an outlying planet, such as Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter, lined up on the opposite side. The eclipse will also coincide with the closest approach of Mars to Earth in last 15 years.

During Friday's eclipse, the moon will gradually take on a reddish hue as it advances into the Earth's shadow and the colour will look "a little like when the sun sets on the horizon", according to a spokesman for the French Association of Astronomy Clément Plantureux.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

The eclipse will be visible across Europe.

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Our constant companion will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark. Unlike a solar eclipse which is only visible from a particular spot at the right time, a lunar eclipse can be seen from everywhere in Australia and without special instruments - weather permitting.

The term blood moon isn't a scientific term but one coined colloquially.

The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.

Why will moon appear red during Total Lunar Eclipse?

The red planet will appears brighter and bigger than usual.

If you are one of those who is excited to see the "blood moon" or what is better known as "total lunar eclipse", this is your chance. It will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses lasting for more than an hour. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle.

The lunar event will be seen across Ireland and the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

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