See the dark side of the moon

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The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday. So it's anyone's guess just how red this eclipse will be.

"Dark red, intense or coppery, it's hard to predict", Pascal Descamps, astronomer at the Paris Observatory told BFM TV.

"The red colour depends on the atmosphere at the time, but my suspicions are it will be redder than normal in Sydney because you'll be looking through a thick layer of atmosphere", Prof Coward told AAP.

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow moves across the Moon, blocking out light from the sun. As an extra gift, Mars will also be at its brightest, accounting for two red lights in the sky.

What time will you be able to see it? In India, lunar eclipse timings will be 10:44 pm tonight and it will end at 4:58 am on July 28.

Qatar residents have a good chance to see all phases of the lunar eclipse from Friday evening till Saturday morning; where the penumbral phase of lunar eclipse will start over Qatar sky at 8:15pm Doha local time.

In mainland France, however, "we will only see the end".

Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place.

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The event is co-organised by the Survey Department of the Ministry of Development, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali and the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.

A series of weather fronts, all driven by an area of low pressure tracking to the North West are forecast to bring cloud, wind and rain across Northern Ireland through Friday night and the weekend.

But the bending of the rays of light caused by our atmosphere made it feasible to see the selenelion, so long as we were in the right place.

There are multiple YouTube channels showing the lunar eclipse 2018 live stream so that enthusiasts do not miss out on one of the remarkable events of the century.

Should I protect my eyes?

"Part of South America will be able to watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27". In fact, it will be easier to look at than a normal full moon because it won't be as bright due to the lack of sunlight.

"So you need to get as clear a view to the south-east as possible, where the Moon will be deepest in eclipse as it rises".

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