Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of 21st Century Arrives Friday

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday, and it will transform the moon into a reddish orange color for more than 100 minutes, according to NASA.  

In those areas, the totality of the lunar eclipse -- when the moon will retain its red color -- will last for about an hour and 42 minutes. The entire event -- beginning as the moon passes through the Earth's stratosphere -- will last about six hours and 13 minutes.  

Residents in Australia will be able to see the lunar eclipse as the moon sets, while those in eastern Brazil and western Europe can see it as the moon is rising. 

In the U.S., the lunar eclipse will start around 1:14 p.m. ET, and the maximum period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. ET, making it too light outside for the blood moon to be visible. Although U.S. residents won’t be able to see the eclipse, they should still be excited because the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter -- NASA's robotic spacecraft orbiting the moon -- will experience it first-hand.

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