At 7.13pm South African time, the moon will start moving into the penumbral (partial) shadow of the earth.
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Moonrise in the United Kingdom will be at around 8.50pm.
The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse is the 17th total lunar eclipse since 2001, the beginning of this century, which will see 85 total lunar eclipses. The longer and wider the shadow, the longer it takes the Moon to pass through it.
If you're in North America and want to watch the lunar eclipse, you still can.
Whatever your favored explanation, it's happening this month and it'll last for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes. But that's not all.
"For those new to astronomy, the evening may prove to be a mesmerising introduction to core scientific principles", said Dr Daniel Cunnama, science engagement astronomer at the SAAO. Why is it such a big deal?
The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the United States as by the time the moon rises at night in the USA, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra.
It will be the longest-lasting eclipse this century.
The most dramatic is the total lunar eclipse, in which the earth's shadow covers the moon. You can tune it at the eclipse timings and watch the entire event without any interruptions. It will be at opposition, which means that it's at the opposite side of the Sun to the Earth.
Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star. "However, a layperson who might expect to see dramatic details of the surface of Mars would probably be disappointed".
Blood moon at Careys Bay, NZ.
While you might imagine that this phenomenon leads to a dark sky, the way the sunlight travels through Earth's atmosphere means that it actually casts the moon in a reddish orange hue-hence the nickname "blood moon". The rare phenomenon of the longest 'blood moon' eclipse will be visible in India as well.
The rare event occurs when the Earth appears in a straight line between the Moon and the Sun.
Red light had a better chance of doing so for the same reason the sky was blue - shorter wavelengths were scattered more efficiently by the molecules in our atmosphere, he said.
Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red. Totality will begin at 19:30 GMT and last until 21:13 GMT.
It will not be visible in North America and much of the Pacific Ocean because there it will be morning or afternoon.
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