Longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on July 27

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Places like eastern Africa and parts of the Middle East will see a full lunar eclipse.

Friday, July 27 around the world will experience the longest total lunar Eclipse in a hundred years.

As well as being abnormally long, this eclipse, like most lunar eclipses, will appear a deep red with the sun's rays entering through the earth's atmosphere to project a blood-like glow onto the moon. Partial eclipses will precede and succeed the total eclipse, meaning that from start to finish, the moon will spend almost four hours travelling behind Earth. The partial eclipses that lead up to and follow the total eclipse will last an hour and 6 minutes each.

The total lunar eclipse on July 28 can also be viewed from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. "Don't miss Mars - the bright orange "star" near the moon on eclipse night", the ASSA said.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth blocks light from the sun and it turns a reddish colour due to sunlight bending through the Earth's atmosphere. It will be a super moon as well, which is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon's position at it's closest to the Earth. The Moon will start to turn red from about 5.30 am. A Mars opposition is when the Earth lies between Mars and the sun, making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth.

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Friday will bring the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world.

The UK falls slightly outside of the ideal viewing range, meaning people will see the full eclipse for only 84 minutes of the total time.

The eclipse will reach maximum totality at 9.21pm and finish at 10.31pm, though the partial eclipse will continue for another two hours after that.

So if you are Brittany or Normandy don't get your hopes up. Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign.

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