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Brief glimpse of 'blood moon' over Lapland

28 July 2018

The best visibility will be in Africa and Asia. "The next total lunar eclipse that will last that long will not occur until 2123", he noted. But longest lunar eclipse is technically not great, because you can't see the eclipse moving.

The eclipse will be the longest of the 21st Century so far.

A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse beside a statue of ancient Greek goddess Athena in central Athens on July 27, 2018.

With scientists recently announcing the exciting discovery of a "lake" hidden below ice on Mars' south pole, the Red Planet is seemingly capitalizing on the exciting news by coming closer to Earth than it has in 15 years.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he told AFP.

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse.

How do lunar eclipses take place and why don't they happen more often?

"You could use a telescope but, to be frank, it will be just as dramatic to watch it without aids as the red moon slowly rises in the sky over Britain and the shadow of the Earth passes from its surface".

A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015. Friday's blood moon won't be as big
A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015. Friday's blood moon won't be as big

The Executive Director of TNSTC, Soundararajan Perumal said, "This time the moon will be at a distance of 4,60,000, so it's called micro moon as it will be slightly diminished".

"It starts with a partial eclipse at 7:24 p.m".

At 12.19am, the moon will be out of the earth's umbral shadow and the observable eclipse will be over.

In the United Kingdom the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm, the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm with the moon visible to the south-east, until 10.13pm.

No protective eyewear is needed and the eclipsed moon will be visible in large parts of Europe and South America between sunset and midnight, as well as much of Asia and Australia, between midnight and sunrise on Saturday.

Stargazers in Northern Ireland could miss out on a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse when it appears on Friday. The sky was clear enough to give them ideal views of a lovely sunrise, but cloud on the opposite horizon blocked views of the moon.

From 9.30pm to 11.13pm, the moon will be totally eclipsed.

Brief glimpse of 'blood moon' over Lapland