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Dubai's JVC named one of world's best spots to view lunar eclipse

Nakheel is laying on a free event to celebrate the lunar eclipse on Friday at 2nd December Park

Dubai's JVC named one of world's best spots to view lunar eclipse
In this photo provided by NASA, a total lunar eclipse is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth.

Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai has been named one of the world’s best locations to view Friday’s total lunar eclipse by TIME magazine.

Master developer Nakheel is laying on a free event to celebrate at 2nd December Park (District 14), where astronomy fans can camp out on beanbags and enjoy free refreshments, movie screenings, bouncy castles and giveaways in the run up to the longest total eclipse of the 21st century.

Nakheel said the public event runs from 9.30pm to 1.30am, with the full eclipse predicted to begin at around 11.30pm. The optimum time for viewing will be between 12.20-1.15am on Saturday.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s innermost shadow. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep red in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

Unlike a solar eclipse, no special equipment or glasses are needed to view a total lunar eclipse, although onlookers will require cloud-free weather.

The total phase of the eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, while the entire eclipse, including the partial phases, will last for over 6 hours.