How to Watch Today's Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

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The partial eclipse will be seen around 11.54pm on Friday, while the total eclipse will be visible around 1am on Saturday. The organization has published a of all lunar eclipses until 2100, and it doesn't expect another totality as long as this one within the century.

Yes, it's a total lunar eclipse, so the moon will be entirely in the Earth's shadow. The first one called the Super Blue Blood Moon took place on January 31.

Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere were best-placed to witness the rare sight, especially in southern Africa, Australia, and Madagascar, though it was also visible in Europe, South Asia and South America.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth.

"South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones".

"The earth's atmosphere then turns the light red in the same way that the sun appears when it is going down", Prof Fabian said.

Lunar eclipses occur up to three times a year, so if you miss Friday's week's sky show, there will be other opportunities in the future.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes. From this time, the moon will appear to change shape. During this time, the shadow of the earth will be between the moon and the sun.

The reason we don't get eclipses every month is because the moon orbits Earth on a slightly inclined plane of five degrees.

These latter events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star.

Mars will actually be at its closest approach since 2003 on Monday and Tuesday, when it is 35.78 million miles away. As the blood moon light up the night sky, some people believed it could actually bring about the end of the world.

And astronauts on board the International Space Station captured these incredible images of the Blood Moon from space.

Reuters charted the eclipse from across the world, capturing a shimmering orange and red moon above Cairo, the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, near Athens, the Bavarian village of Raisting in Germany, Rio beach in Brazil and Johannesburg.