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The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century



  The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
A full moon rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, about 65 kilometers south of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. The full moon solar eclipse when the The sun, the earth, and the moon, focusing perfectly on the moon, will be the longest in this century. It is called "blood moon" because it becomes a deep red and will be visible at different times around the world. In addition, Mars and the Sun will be on exactly opposite sides of the earth and will do their best. (AP Photo / Thanassis Stavrakis)

Skywatchers across much of the world have begun to observe a complete lunar eclipse that is the longest of this century.

The so-called "Bloodmoon", when it turns deep red, can be seen at various times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, when the sun, the earth and the moon match perfectly and the earth's shadow illuminates the moon

The total solar eclipse lasts 1

hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event closer to four hours.

In a special deal, Mars is in opposition on Friday – which means that the planet and the sun are on just opposite sides of the earth and will do its best. Since 2003, Mars has come closest to Earth this week, making it seem bigger and brighter.

  The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
The humans queue to observe the lunar eclipse through a telescope Children's Culture and Creativity Center in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 27, 2018. Sky observers across much of the world look forward to a full lunar eclipse, which will be the longest in this century. (AP Photo / Amr Nabil)
 Perfect Lunar Eclipse begins, the longest of this century
Full Moon rises above the ancient temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio, some 65 kilometers south of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. The complete lunar eclipse Friday, when the sun sets, the earth and the moon are the perfect match to throw the shadow of the earth on the moon, this century will be the longest. It is called "blood moon" because it becomes a deep red and will be visible at different times around the world. In addition, Mars and the Sun will be on exactly opposite sides of the earth and will do their best. (AP Photo / Thanassis Stavrakis)
  The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
A blood moon rises on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sky watchers in much of the world are looking forward to a full lunar eclipse longest of this century. The so-called "Bloodmoon" on Friday, when it turns deep red, will be visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, when the sun, earth and moon perfectly fit together and throw the shadow of the earth on the earth moon. (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)
  The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
On Friday, July 27, 2018, a blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel. Sky watchers in much of the world are looking forward to a full lunar eclipse the longest of this century. The so-called "Bloodmoon" on Friday, when it turns deep red, will be visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, when the sun, earth and moon perfectly fit together and throw the shadow of the earth on the earth moon. (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)
  The complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
On Friday, July 27, 2018, a blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel. Sky watchers in much of the world are looking forward to a full lunar eclipse the longest of this century. The so-called "Bloodmoon" on Friday, when it turns deep red, will be visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, when the sun, earth and moon perfectly fit together and throw the shadow of the earth on the earth moon. (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit) (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)
  The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
On Friday, July 27, 2018, a blood moon rises in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sky watchers in much of the world are looking forward to a full lunar eclipse the longest of this century. The so-called "Bloodmoon" on Friday, when it turns deep red, will be visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, when the sun, earth and moon perfectly fit together and throw the shadow of the earth on the earth moon. (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)
  The full lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
On Friday, July 27, 2018, a blood moon rises in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sky watchers in much of the world are looking forward to a full lunar eclipse the longest of this century. The so-called "Bloodmoon" on Friday, when it turns deep red, will be visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, when the sun, earth and moon perfectly fit together and throw the shadow of the earth on the earth moon. (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)


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