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Best of all, it will be observed in the Eastern part of Africa, the middle East and Central Asia. The Delta Aquariids meteor shower will also be visible to an extent - the meteor shower will be at its peak on July 30, but even on July 27 (the day of the eclipse), the lack of light from moon will allow us to somewhat spot the meteors.

Zarb Adami, an astrophysicist, explained that the reason this lunar eclipse was the longest of the 21st century was because it passed through the centre of Earth's shadow.

The next total lunar eclipse, this long will not be until June 9, 2123. Portions of the eclipse will be viewed by most parts of Europe, Australia, Japan, China and western Africa.

The century s longest lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, would be visible in major part of Asia including Pakistan. During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "A total lunar eclipse, Mars, Jupiter and the International Space Station".

In India, the total Eclipse will begin in 1 night July 28, will end at 2:43 am. Some superstitions say that expectant women should not touch their belly during the lunar eclipse, or it will bring a birthmark on the child.

East Africa, the Middle East and a region of Central Asia stretching as far east as India and as far north as parts of southern Russian Federation should get a spectacular view of the so-called blood moon.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", Bailey told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Gisborne sky watchers will miss out on the longest lunar eclipse for some time. We are making arrangements for night sky observation for visitors free of cost on the terrace of the Priyadarshini Planetarium here from 11.30 pm on July 27 to 3 am on July 28.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon's orbit takes it into the shadow of the Earth.

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

The super blue blood moon that occurred earlier this year was also a total lunar eclipse, but it coincided with two other events to make a lunar trifecta.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

When you live in a city, the trick is to find the biggest bit of sky you can, or get up as high as you can above the rooftops.

During the Mars "close approach" on July 31, 2018, the red planet will be at a distance of 35.8 million miles.

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