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Longest 21st century lunar eclipse happening today

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(KETK) – The longest 21st-century lunar eclipse will be visible this Friday, the “blood moon eclipse,” will turn a deep red or reddish brown color, instead of going completely dark. 

Fox News reports the July 27 eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, according to NASA.

North America will not be able to see the event, unless you travel or view online.The lunar eclipse will be visible from the following locations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and some areas of South America. 

Solar eclipses require special equipment, but lunar eclipses will not need equipment to view. When the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, your naked eye will be safe to directly view the lunar eclipse. 

In a special treat, Mars is in opposition on Friday — meaning the planet and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best. Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter.

The next lunar eclipse visible from North America will occur on Jan. 21, 2019.This event will last 1 hour and 2 minutes and will favor West Coast viewers, according to space.com

HOW TO WATCH:

Friday, July 27, 12:15 p.m.: Live lunar eclipse views, NASA TV. The lunar eclipse will be visible in all major land areas except North and Central America, with totality visible in the the Middle East, India, parts of central Asia and eastern and southern Africa.

Griffith Observatory’s All Space Considered team will bring the close approach live via LiveStream, starting at 11:00 p.m. on July 30 through the closest approach at 1:45 a.m. and concluding at 2300 a.m. on July 31.

ABC News Digital Special begins at 1:30 p.m.

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