The eclipse is slated to last almost 1 hour 43 minutes - the longest in about a century. Earth witnessed a "super blue blood moon" on the night of January 31. That's a full 1 hour 43 minutes, which is just four minutes shy of the longest total lunar eclipse possible, according to EarthSky.
Zarb Adami, an astrophysicist, explained that the reason this lunar eclipse was the longest of the 21st century was because it passed through the centre of Earth's shadow.
Total lunar eclipses and total solar eclipses are essentially the reverse of one another; the difference is the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon. On Friday, the longest blood moon eclipse will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years in a thrilling astronomical double bill.
One superstition says that if you get injured during the lunar eclipse then the wound will not stop bleeding. An eclipse does not occur on every full moon because the moon's plane is tilted at an angle to that of the earth's. It is going to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon.
If you're in a place where you won't be able to see the eclipse in person, there are still ways to watch it.
Unlike with a solar eclipse, it is safe to look at without special glasses. The total lunar eclipse is a unique celestial phenomenon in which people will have a chance to take a glimpse of the so-called "blood moon".
- In Invercargill there will be five minutes between sunrise at 8:12 and moonset shortly thereafter, with the Moon entirely within Earth's shadow.
A similar thing happens during a lunar eclipse.
An eclipse never travels alone: The lunar event is sandwiched between two partial solar eclipses on July 13 and August 11.
Mars will look fainter by mid-August since it travels farther away from Earth in the orbit around the Sun. 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.
So there is no risk to damage your eyes with the direct sun rays. While many people will be able to see partial views of the eclipse, areas in eastern Africa, the Middle East and some parts of Europe and Asia will have some of the best views of the moon turning red when the totality begins to recede.
In a rare treat, Mars will add to the wonder on Friday night as it appears directly below the blood moon at near maximum brightness.