How to watch the longest 'blood moon' eclipse of the century

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By the time the blood moon is rising on Friday evening in the United Kingdom, it will have begun to pass out of Earth's shadow - although it will still remain quite red. On average, the totality lasts approximately one hour to one hour and 30 minutes during moon eclipse.

Mums and dads, total lunar eclipses are spectacular events and are easy to see with the naked eye.

Moon has no light of its own. The total eclipse will begin at 1 am (July 28) and soon the moon will appear to turn red, looking the darkest at 01.52 am. That means if you're in Rome your best chance of seeing the phenomenon is to climb one of the city's hills, such as Gianicolo, while those outside of the capital would benefit from leaving any forested areas and finding a high point.

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Thousands of people will be able to see the total eclipse when the full moon slips into the Earth's shadow.

"The total stage of the eclipse will end at 22.13 BST, and by then the Moon will have risen to an altitude of only four degrees, or just about eight times its own diameter, above the south-east horizon", he added.

The blue blood moon in January this year was the last time an eclipse occurred.

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"The plane of orbit of the earth around the sun and the plane of orbit of the moon around the earth are very close to each other".

The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he told AFP.

The eclipse will be visible across Europe.

And keep in mind to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

Sometimes they are penumbral eclipses, where the moon passes through Earth's fainter outer shadow, which isn't quite visible to the human eye.

So, from the United Kingdom and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.