Once-in-a-century lunar eclipse to happen this weekend

By AG Staff 25 July 2018
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On Saturday, 28 July, Australia will have front-row seats to the rare astronomical event.

AUSSIE STARGAZERS will be treated to a rare lunar eclipse event this weekend, and we have the best view.

NASA has predicted the rare lunar eclipse will light up the sky for the longest time in over a century, but an early wake up will be critical.

The event will start at around 3:15am (AEST) on Saturday and the Blood Moon will be visible from 5:30am.

The actual eclipse will last for approximately one hour and 43 minutes, but will peak for only four minutes, according to NASA.

A lunar eclipse is observed on a night of the Full Moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon form a straight line. Direct sunlight is obstructed, and the Moon becomes awash in a red/orange colour.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is safe to view with the naked eye, through a telescope or through binoculars.

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