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Longest partial lunar eclipse in centuries to be visible on Friday

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You can see the longest partial lunar eclipse in hundreds of years this Friday.

The stunning partial eclipse phase will last roughly three and half hours, and the full eclipse is about six hours, making it the longest partial lunar eclipse since 1440.

This lunar eclipse will see 99 per cent of the moon's diameter immersed in the Earth’s shadow.

Queensland astronomer Owen Benedict says stargazers don’t need a telescope or binoculars as the naked eye will do.

“If you want to get out and have a look, weather permitting of course, you'll see a spectacle.. you'll remember for the rest of your life,” he says.

“The eclipse is going through the earth's shadow so you'll see the colour will change on the surface of the moon.

“If weather is permitting, it will go a partial red colour.

“I've been watching them since I was a little kid and there's always something very interesting to see.”

The next time Earth will see a partial lunar eclipse as lengthy as this month’s won’t be until 2669.

This is 19 years before Rufus is sent back in time via a telephone booth to ensure the Two Great Ones, Bill S. Preston, Esq., and "Ted" Theodore Logan pass their history exam in the classic time travel movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Locals will be able to view the moment the earth blocks the sun's light on Friday night [19 Nov] from:

6:12pm on the Sunshine Coast

6:26pm in Cairns

6:25pm in Townsville

6:18 in Mackay 

6:12pm in Bundaberg 

6:17 in Rockhampton 

6:14 in Gladstone

6:15 in Ipswich

 

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