The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming on Friday

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The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

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

The moon will rise from the horizon tinged a deep, rusty red as it is totally eclipsed by the Earth.

The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123.

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.

In mainland France, the eclipse will be visible from 10 pm - 10.30 pm and it is expected to last until almost 12.30 am.

The total eclipse is expected to last a record-breaking one hour and 43 minutes, seen in Italy from 21:30, when the moon enters the shadow of the Earth and turns red, until 23:13, when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

On Friday, skywatchers around the world will be rewarded with the longest total lunar eclipse of the century - except those in North America. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow.

Explaining about the phenomenon, he said, "Throughout the eclipse, the moon will look a bit reddish". But there's nothing scary about it. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red.

Our red moon will have some company Friday.

St Helens Star

But it seems the exact shade of red that will appear is hard to guess.

While Canadians won't be able to witness the event first-hand, there are ways to capture it from the comforts of home.

You'll need a clear view of the horizon towards the south east to get the best possible view. Arrangement have been made to view the astronomical event.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m.

But there are a couple of extra-special happenings that night.

Nights before, the effect has already begun with the moon not yet eclipsed by the Earth, but enough to colour it very noticeably.

And finally - the Moon is near apogee (the most distant point in its orbit) around the July full moon, Edberg said.

It's going to be a rare celestial event. There isn't anything particularly scientific about it, but it makes for wonderful viewing and photographs.

The best time to get out and see the moon slowly drifting into darkness is about 2.24am, when the moon will be partially eclipsed - a dark spot slowly growing across its surface as the night progresses.

"You can't miss Mars right now in the sky right now - it's a bright-red sparkling jewel", said Simon.

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