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Stargazers, get ready to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

Lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere on Earth where it is night time.

For those in the Middle East and Madagascar, the eclipse will occur about midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight.

For the duration of the total lunar eclipse, the Moon will be completely engulfed by the Earth's shadow.

A "super blue blood moon" is a combination of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse.

And if that is not enough excitement, Earth will also be passing between the Sun and Mars on July 27, putting the Red Planet at opposition in our sky, right next to the full moon. This glorious sight occurs because of the way sunlight bends (refracts) through the Earth's atmosphere. The first phase of the lunar eclipse is expected to set in from 11:54 pm.

So the Moon during the Eclipse can be red, brown, copper-red or even orange.

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When can you see the blood micro moon?

The eclipse will be visible in South Africa from 20h24 and then from 21h30 to 23h13.

On Saturday morning, the moon will be at apogee - the furthest point in its orbit from the Earth. This will persist until 2.43 am, after which the Moon will begin to move outside the Earth's shadow.

According to NASA scientists: "The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere".

"The longest possible period for a full moon eclipse is 1 hour 47 minutes", Angkasa deputy director-general Samsuddin Omar told Bernama. According to specialists, this event will be the longest of the century and will be accompanied by another spectacular phenomenon: the appearance of a "red moon".

The eclipse will be visible across much of the world, but not in North America. This day will also be a 'Blood Moon, ' where the earth's satellite takes on a reddish hue. North America, most of the Arctic and the Pacific Ocean will miss out entirely.

The greatest eclipse will be admired at 9.22 p.m. CET. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.


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