The moon will turn blood red in Canberra early on Saturday morning

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For those who aren't able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July has another treat in store for skygazers when Mars makes a close approach to Earth.

The eclipse will be visible from countries in Africa, Central Asia, South America, Europe and Australia.

When the white light from the Sun hits the Earth's atmosphere the blue colours in the white are scattered, meaning only the red colours will hit the moon giving it an eerie tint.

In total, the full lunar eclipse will last one hour and 42 minutes, the longest it will be this century.

And if that is not enough excitement, Earth will also be passing between the Sun and Mars on July 27, putting the Red Planet at opposition in our sky, right next to the full moon.

The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

While we typically experience between one and four lunar eclipses every year, this week's will be remarkably rare.

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In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane the moon will begin to turn red at around 4.24am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday. Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3:49 am IST on July 28. However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

"It will last several hours - when you get a real feeling of the Earth and moon shifting in space", astronomer Tom Kerss, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which will live stream the eclipse, told The Guardian. This will persist until 2.43 am, after which the Moon will begin to move outside the Earth's shadow. At the moment when the French will see the full moon appear, she will be already taking reddish colors. "If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun", said Tucker, reported news agency ANI citing CNN.

Although the longest eclipse, Dr Sarun said the red moon will be smaller than usual because it will be at the farthest point from the Earth this year - at 406,086 kilometre from the Earth. The eclipse will be visible with the naked eye.

The greatest eclipse will be admired at 9.22 p.m. CET.

Different stages of the lunar eclipse will be visible at different times across the globe.

Fiery Mars will add to the spectacle as it appears directly below the blood moon at close to its maximum brightness.