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What time is the Blood Moon? All you need to know to watch the event in Australia

Attention Australia! The longest total lunar eclipse of this century is due this weekend!

At Techly, we’re here to give you everything you need to know on how to experience one of the most magnificent and – might we add – romantic, celestial phenomenon visible to the naked eye.

Commonly referred to as a “Blood Moon”, the natural occurrence happens when the Sun, Earth and the Moon align in that particular order, and the Moon is obscured by Earth’s shadow while being bathed at the same time by indirect sunlight filtered and refracted by our planet’s atmosphere.

The result is an eerie full moon tinted by a temporary reddish tinge.

This upcoming Blood Moon will last one hour and 43 minutes and will be visible from many parts of the eastern hemisphere; Asia, Europe, Africa, New Zealand and Australia will have their skies graced with the celestial treat.

However, you’ll have to wake up very early on July 28 to witness all the action. The show starts at around 3am AEST and the full eclipse will begin a couple of hours later at 5:30am AEST.

When the Blood Moon will be in full swing

HOBART, MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY:

Totality begins 5.30am, ends 7:13am

BRISBANE:

Totality begins 5.30am, ends 7:13am

PERTH:

Totality begins 3.30am, ends 5:13am

ADELAIDE:

Totality begins 5am, ends 6:43am

DARWIN:

Totality begins 5am, ends 6:43am

This year’s eclipse will be particularly special.

Aside from being the longest in this century, we’ll also be able to see Mars without any optical instruments.

If weather conditions are good in your area, scan for a tiny red dot around the moon and you’ll have a cosmic double whammy.

If you can’t be outdoors at the moment of the eclipse, you can always watch it live online thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project.

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