There might once have been life on... the Moon? Yes, say researchers

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The total lunar eclipse is projected to last for an hour and 42 minutes, with the entire event lasting over 6 hours.

In Auckland, the eclipse would still be partial as the moon disappeared below the horizon.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "A total lunar eclipse, Mars, Jupiter and the International Space Station".

The rare celestial event - said to be the longest in the 21st century - will see the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen. The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

Filipinos will have to hope for clear skies at dawn on Saturday to watch the longest blood moon eclipse this century, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the "blood moon" lunar eclipse on Friday as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain.

Co-incidentally, Mars also reaches the point in its orbit directly opposite the sun from us on July 27.

Observatories across the United States are hosting Mars-viewing events next week. When the red planet is this close, sky watchers can often make out features with binoculars or small telescopes.

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At 2:43 am, the total eclipse will end.

It will also be visible from elsewhere in Africa and Asia and parts of Europe, although no one in North America will be able to see it because the continent will still be in daylight when it happens.

REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014.

The partial eclipse will resume immediately afterward, as the moon passes out of Earth's shadow, and the whole event will be over at 23:28 UT (early on July 28, depending on where you live).

But what would life have looked like if it existed on the moon, and how did it originate? According to simulations run by astrobiologists at Washington State University and the University of London, the moon may have fostered the necessary conditions for life to survive on its surface during its distant past.

From Newbury, the moon will rise just after 8.50pm, already fully in the Earth's shadow. During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness.

However, he once told people in South Australia about one and they took a selfie with the Sun illuminating them and the Moon behind them.

Lunar eclipses typically occur only during a full moon, however on this instance the moon will be in flawless alignment with the sun and earth, also known as the blood moon.

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