However, the total lunar eclipse will last for an hour and 43 minutes.
On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.
Brown said: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".
The eclipse will have been visible from Southern Africa to the Middle East, Russia, India, and Australia.
The so-called "blood moon" Friday, when it turns a deep red, will be visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.
However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.
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Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon. "If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red".
Rio de Janeiro's spectators cheered when the blood moon emerged from the fog.
Throw in the fact that Mars was hanging around nearby and shining brighter than it has in our night sky in 15 years, and it was a pretty spectacular show.
North American residents suffering from eclipse FOMO will be able to watch the event online.
The rising full moon will also change from shining silver to deep blood-red during the eclipse.
If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.
Unlike like a solar eclipse, it is entirely safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, and Friday's eclipse offered sky-watchers more time than usual to look.