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The shadow cast by the moon is much smaller than that produced by our own planet.

"It will last several hours - when you get a real feeling of the Earth and moon shifting in space", astronomer Tom Kerss, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which will live stream the eclipse, told The Guardian. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow. According to Earthsky.org, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon.

While other colors in the spectrum are blocked and scattered by the Earth's atmosphere, red light tends to make it through easier.

Moonlight is nothing but sunlight reflected by the moon.

In this particular eclipse, the Moon will pass through the central part of the Earth's umbral shadow. Partial eclipses will precede and succeed the total eclipse, meaning that from start to finish, the moon will spend almost four hours travelling behind Earth. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. "The last opposition of Mars, which means the Sun, Earth and the Red planet are lined up, occurred in 2003". The lunar eclipse will also be visible in India, and this will be a "Blood Moon" as well, where the Earth's satellite takes on a reddish tinge.

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But Friday's lunar eclipse has reignited Evangelical interest in a possible link between the event, the Jewish state, and the apocalypse.

The best views will be in Africa and Asia, but folks in Europe, South America and Australia will still get partial views. It can be best viewed from Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

Early on Saturday morning a blood moon will be visible in Australian skies.

The BM Birla Science Centre said the eclipse itself would start a little before midnight at about 11.15pm IST.

She further added: "There is a possibility of witnessing Delta Aquariid meteor shower about 20 times in an hour". But North America, a large part of the Pacific ocean and a large part of the Arctic did not notice.

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What time will you be able to see it?

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on January 21 next year but will not be visible from Singapore as it will happen during daylight.

Our red moon will have some company Friday. "On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime". So if bad weather disrupts your opportunity on Friday, there will be more chances.

Scientists say that in the United States the period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m.

At the same time, Mars will hang just below the moon and shine brighter than it ever has in 15 years.

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