Australia is getting a Blood Moon this weekend

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For those who aren't able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July has another treat in store for skygazers when Mars makes a close approach to Earth. The eclipse will also be visible in the region covering Australia, Asia, Russia - except the northern part, Africa, Europe, east of South America and Antarctica. There are three types - total, partial and penumbral - with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.

Scientists say the reason this Friday's lunar eclipse is especially long is because the moon is passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow.

Courtesy of the Virtual Telescope project, the total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition will be broadcast live online. The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which causes Earth's atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light.

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While we typically experience between one and four lunar eclipses every year, this week's will be remarkably rare. "And this blood moon, which will be the longest blood moon of this century, is happening in the 70th year of Israel being a nation", he said.

The eclipse, which is visible across the country, will take place from 11.54pm to 3.49am. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small. This one will be visible for almost four hours, as the moon passes through the centre of Earth's shadow. The story shows how the Walpiri understood the correlation between the movements of different celestial bodies and the visual phenomena they produce. And weather permitting, the Full Buck moon should not disappoint. On July 27, our moon will transform into a red orb for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds! The ASSA says that this will be the "longest eclipse of the century". The moon will go through the center of the Earth's shadow, offering to ascend to what is known as the Deep Red Blood Moon.

The eclipse will be visible across much of the world, but not in North America.

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Tune in starting at 2:24p.m. (Jacksonville time) to see the partial eclipse.

Mars will actually be at its closest approach since 2003 on July 30 and 31, at 35.78 million miles away. Putting to rest all apprehensions about the risks associated with viewing the eclipse with a naked eye, Duari said, "No special filters are required to protect our eyes like those used for watching solar eclipses".

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