Longest lunar eclipse of century expected to visible in Pakistan

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Fiery Mars will add to the spectacle as it appears directly below the blood moon at close to its maximum brightness.

Mars will be at its closest point to Earth on July 31.

"Our talks this year put a heavy accent on our environment to help make people aware that while looking up at the heavens it is still vital to ensure we preserve our planet", Zarb Adami said.

During the total eclipse - which begins at 7.30am New Zealand time - the moon was much fainter than it usually appeared, and was coloured between dark brown and blood red. "On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime".

The rising full moon will also change from shining silver to deep blood-red during the eclipse.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name blood moon, though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the color could vary greatly. Places with an unobstructed view of the moonrise include Letná Park and parts of Vyšehrad, though by the time the moon reaches full eclipse it should be visible from much of the city where tall buildings or hills are not in the way.

People in Lebanon will be able to enjoy this rare celestial phenomenon for a record-breaking 1 hour and 43 minutes!

Mostly a lunar eclipse occurs twice or thrice a year, but this one will be rare owing to its long duration and visibility from globally.

"Mars will be 15 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky on Friday", Moore said.

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In addition to the lunar eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 and be directly below the moon.

As we approach this remarkable event, we will tell you what to expect. That is why we often have orangey-red skies at sunset and sunrise.

For those in areas from Whanganui to Wellington, there was just a slim chance of glimpsing the totally-eclipsed moon as the sun peeked above the horizon.

In Metro Manila, Manila Bay will have one of the best vistas, he said.

Friday's event, which starts at 8pm and runs until 12.30am, is free.

The moon is expected to turn reddish as against the familiar whitish appearance in the period of totality.

Those lucky enough to see the 2018 lunar eclipse could also be treated to a view of Mars and the Milky Way, which will be to the left of the moon.

The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast the total lunar eclipse and Mars opposition live from its position atop the Roman Forum on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

While the eclipse will begin at 10.44 pm in India (17:14 UTC), the total phase will extend from 1 am to 2.43 am (19:30 to 21:13 UTC).

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