On Friday you might as well plan your schedule to fit the day as sky watchers all over the world will be rewarded with the longest lunar eclipse of the century. In this case, the moon will spend approximately 4 hours crossing the earth’s shadow and this will cause darkness to fall into some parts of the world.

The lunar eclipse is expected to last for 83 minutes rendering it the longest lunar eclipse of the century. As meteorologists explain, depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood red.

It happens when the most distant and smallest full moon of the year passes through the center of the Earth’s shadow, which is at its widest in July. And it happens on a night when the moon is near Mars, which also comes to opposition on July 27

People in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa will have the best view while the last and final stages will be visible in some parts of South America. The entire USA will not be able to see the lunar eclipse till January.

2018 July 27th

Partial eclipse begins: 18:24 ( 6:24 p.m.) UTC

Total eclipse begins: 19:30 (7:30 p.m.) UTC

Greatest eclipse: 20:22 (8:22 p.m.) UTC

Total eclipse ends: 21:13 (9:13 p.m.) UTC

Partial eclipse ends: 22:19 (10:19 p.m.) UTC

 

To view the eclipse you can use special glasses or the traditional way of using `negative’ films.