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Mars will be bright for Lansing Friday, but what about the lunar eclipse?

Mars will be bright for Lansing Friday, but what about the lunar eclipse?
Posted at 12:05 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 14:09:42-04

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur Friday, July 27. The only problem for Michiganders: we're on the wrong side of the planet.

The total eclipse will occur on the other side of Earth, and begin around 2:24 p.m.. Totality will end around 4:22 p.m. our time.

About 4.5 hours later, we'll see the full moon rise (at 8:59 p.m.) accompanied by a very bright Mars. Mars is as close to Earth as it has been since 2003, so you won't be able to miss it (look down and to the right of the moon).

Next Total Lunar Eclipse:

North America will have great seats for the next lunar eclipse the night of Sunday, January 20, 2019.

That eclipse will begin around 10:33 p.m. and end around 1:50 a.m.  We will see the total eclipse from Michigan, which will begin around 11:41 p.m. and last until 12:43 a.m. (Sunday night into Monday morning).