Australians will see the longest lunar eclipse of the century on Saturday

Best time to watch the

Best time to watch the

Total lunar eclipses, which occur when the Sun, Earth, and moon are in ideal alignment, with our planet in between the two bodies, are always spectacular. On July 27, our satellite will not only pass through the mid-point of Earth's shadow, but it will also be the farthest possible distance from our planet. 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.

Unfortunately, the celestial show won't be visible in North America.

As the Moon continues on its orbit, and pulls away from the Umbra, stargazers will notice another partial lunar eclipse.

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The eclipse will be visible all across the globe, except North America. The total duration of the various stages of eclipse will be 6 hours, 14 minutes in the Kingdom. On July 27, the earth, moon and sun will come to align in a flawless line, which will cause the phenomenon.

Earth will cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse.

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The society says the moon will rise at 8.49pm in London and at 9.22pm in Edinburgh, ending around 12.28am - and all you'll need to see it is a pair of binoculars.

"Dundee Law will probably be the best place to watch the lunar eclipse.At moonrise, you will be able to see the start from the east, looking towards Broughty Ferry".

The bodies are aligned in a straight line in the order of the sun, Earth and a full moon. Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky.

On July 27 the Sun and Mars will lie opposite to each other with Earth in the middle.

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