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Longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years to be visible in Australia Friday night

Longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years to be visible in Australia TONIGHT: Here’s everything you need to know to catch a glimpse of the rare sight

  • Longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years will be visible to Australians on Friday 
  • Eclipse will be visible in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
  • The longest partial eclipse since the 15th century – lasting 3 hours & 54 minutes
  • Residents are recommended to find a high north-east point for best viewing 


Residents living on Australia’s east coast will be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years on Friday night. 

The longest partial eclipse since the 15th century will also be visible in North and South America, Africa, Eastern Asia and the Pacific regions. 

Sydneysiders will be able to see the eclipse at 7.34pm on Friday where it will reach its maximum peak at 8.02pm.

The longest partial eclipse in 600 years will be visible to Australians on Friday (pictured, the Moon during a partial eclipse in Sydney)

The rare phenomena will finish at around 11.03pm with an expected duration of three hours and 28 minutes – durations will vary depending on where you live in Australia.

The true maximum point of the eclipse cannot be viewed due to the Moon being below the horizon at that time.

Stargazers who want to catch the best view of the eclipse are recommended to travel to a high point or find an area with free sight to the East-northeast.

Stargazers who want to catch the best view of the eclipse are recommended to travel to a high point (pictured, a partial lunar eclipse next to Sydney tower)

Stargazers who want to catch the best view of the eclipse are recommended to travel to a high point (pictured, a partial lunar eclipse next to Sydney tower)

A lunar eclipse occurs when the when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon slips into Earth’s shadow for a couple of hours, according to NASA. 

During the partial lunar eclipse only part of the Moon – 97 per cent – will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will occur just after sunset in the Southern Hemisphere where the moon will rise from the north-east changing colour from a luminous white to a deep red. 

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I SEE THE PARTIAL ECLIPSE?

Sydney

Begins: 7.34pm Max: 8.02pm Ends: 11.03pm

Melbourne

Begins: 8.09pm Max: 8.12pm Ends: 11.03pm 

Brisbane

Begins: 6.14pm Max: 7.02pm Ends: 10.03pm

Adelaide

Begins: 7.59pm Max: 8.11pm Ends: 10.33pm

Perth

Begins: 6.57pm Max: 7pm Ends: 8.03pm

 

 

 

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