How to Watch Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century on Friday

Eclipse 2018 Blood Moon NASA video

The total eclipse will last for an estimated one hour and 43 minutes in the prime viewing region, NASA predicts, with the entire event lasting close to four hours.

There are also other live streams from alternative sources below, including Slooh, a live space views company and "The Virtual Telescope Project" - see below in the article. You'll have to stay inside (where it's safe) and instead watch it online.

On Friday night, amateur astronomers across Switzerland had the lucky chance to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. It should not be considered an invitation to satanic sex rituals of humans or horses. It won't be visible in the US, but can be seen in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia - depending on the weather.

As of now, the lunar eclipse can be seen only on timeanddate.com/live/.

During the eclipse, the moon is expected to take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". The webcast should kick off at 2:30 p.m. EDT (18:30 UT).

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Spoiler alert - residents of the United States are going to miss out on Friday's total lunar eclipse. Astronomy lovers from across the eclipse zone will be live streaming their views, so if you are not able to catch the event live, you'll have plenty of options.

The eclipse will be visible to people in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on July 27 between sunset and midnight.

The total phase will be at its max at 4:21 am (AWST) and will finish as the Moon starts to exit the Umbra at 5:13 am (AWST).

The moon which is described by scientists as the Earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown, during the total eclipse. This means the sun's light is blocked by the Earth, and the moon passes into its shadow.

The next eclipse to last that long will occur on June 9, 2123, but it will not be visible from Australia. In eastern Asia, Australia, and parts of the western Pacific, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on July 28, as the moon sets.

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