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Total eclipse of the century: longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years visible in Austin on Friday

The moon will be visible for all of North America and parts of South America. (Holcomb Observatory/Twitter)

Set your alarms for the wee hours on Friday if you want to see the longest partial lunar eclipse in almost 600 years.

All of North America will be able to see the eclipse, in which the moon will partially pass into the Earth's shadow and illuminate it red. Austinites will be able to view the eclipse from midnight to 6 a.m., with peak visibility falling around 3:02 a.m., on Friday.

The eclipse will be the final one of the year and the longest in 580 years, according to NASA. Around 97% of the moon will fall into the shadow, resulting in a sliver of silver moon and a dimmed reddish color that is expected to appear later on the rest of the moon's surface.

A projection of what the moon will look like at 3:02 a.m. CT. (

"Partial lunar eclipses might not be quite as spectacular as total lunar eclipses – where the Moon is completely covered in Earth's shadow – but they occur more frequently," NASA said in a release. "That just means more opportunities to witness little changes in our solar system that sometimes occur right before our eyes."

Unlike a solar eclipse, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye and you'll likely be able to see it without a telescope. Still, a pair of binoculars might aid your view.

You might also want to bundle up if you're planning to observe—temperatures in the Austin area are projected to be in the upper 30s and lower 40s early Friday morning.

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A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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