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So, from the United Kingdom and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below.

The only light on the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

The Moon will pass right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point. It can pass through the outer, fainter shadow, called the penumbra. This causes the Earth's atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light, making the moon appear red.

During the total eclipse - due to begin at 7.30am - the moon would appear much fainter than it usually appeared, and coloured between dark brown and blood red.

"If you want a close-up view of the moon as it turns red, a pair of binoculars is helpful", Royal Astronomical Society said. This is the same reason sunsets appear pink or red.

Fabian says, '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. Nevertheless, it will be over by the time the full moon rises over Baltimore about 8:25 p.m. "In other words, the moon is taking nearly the longest possible path through Earth's shadow".

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See the dark side of the moon

The longest lunar eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Friday. Meanwhile, the total eclipse may begin at 1 am on 28 July.

The best view of the lunar eclipse will be from east Africa, the Middle East, across to India and the westernmost tip of China. A binocular, however, will give a better view of the spectacular celestial event. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it between midnight and sunrise Saturday.

This means that we will be able to gaze at both planet Mars and a total lunar eclipse at the same time. has a map showing more exact times. North America and Greenland will miss out entirely. Additionally, Javascript Lunar Eclipse Explorer ( can compute the local circumstances for every lunar eclipse visible from a city for any century from -1999 to 3000.

The Virtual Telescope Project will share a live stream of the lunar eclipse and Mars at its brightest just a few degrees apart above the skyline of Rome.

In another rare event, Mars will appear directly below the moon in the skyline tonight at near maximum brightness. So if bad weather disrupts your opportunity on Friday, there will be more chances. The moon will be close to the horizon, so make sure to look west-south-west.

Perihelic opposition can be seen with the naked eye, meaning there is no need for expensive equipment for stargazers to spot the rare event next month.

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