Here's How to Stream the Blood Moon

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Grab your telescope and don't miss out the rare chance to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century in the early hours of July 28.

What a lunar eclipse can look like. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle.

By 5.30am (AEST) the eclipse entered into its "total" phase, plunging the moon in darkness, which soon became a coppery crimson disc. The best visibility will be in Africa and Asia.

On the east coast of Australia, the eclipse began at 3.14am (AEST), with the Earth's shadow slowly taking a bite out of the pearly white full moon. Coincidentally, Mars is also at its brightest, putting two bright red objects in our sky. It also became a "Super Blue Blood Moon" because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month.

The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse is part of the Saros series 129, same as the July 16, 2000, total lunar eclipse - the longest eclipse of the 20th century.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

How to safely see itWhile there are a lot of lunar eclipses that cannot be seen with the naked eye, the Blood Moon can be easily seen through the naked eye and you do not need special binoculars or a telescope to see this phenomenon.

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian.

See the dark side of the moon
The best view of the lunar eclipse will be from east Africa, the Middle East, across to India and the westernmost tip of China. In another rare event, Mars will appear directly below the moon in the skyline tonight at near maximum brightness.

As the eclipsed passed over Abu Dhabi, the Moon could be seen behind the minarets of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

As Earth's constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon.

The areas in white indicate where the entire 103 minutes of the total lunar eclipse will be visible July 27.

Unfortunately, it won't be visible in North America. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon".

The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the USA as by the time the moon rises at night in the U.S., it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra.

Unlike a solar eclipse, people can look at a lunar eclipse directly with their own eyes. In 2003, Mars came closest to our planet in nearly 60,000 years. It will also be seen perfectly in Africa and in Asia, and partly in Australia and in South America.

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