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Date, timings and how to watch the blood moon

28 July 2018

Anyone who misses out on seeing Friday's lunar eclipse can be reassured knowing they will not have to wait too long for it to happen again - with the next lunar eclipse set to happen in January next year. This occurs when an eclipsed moon can be seen on one horizon, while the rising sun can be observed on the other. Additionally, Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon".

The totality, which, you may recall, is when the Earth's shadow covers the moon and casts the world into darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

The American space agency NASA says the moon will move into the Earth's shadow on Friday night.

The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. The moon gives off no light and is only visible because it reflects the light of the sun. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about mediaeval superstitions".

Kiwi eclipse watchers were disappointed this morning when the moon disappeared behind clouds at the crucial moment.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.

"The moon was a lot paler pink than I expected - a attractive sight in the western sky".

No glasses are needed for the lunar eclipse due to its dimmer colour. - AFP This combination of 14 pictures put together in photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near to La Puente town, canary Spanish island of Tenerife. At that time, this month's full moon - also known as the blood buck moon - will pass through the center of the Earth's shadow. It's called a "blood moon" because it turns a deep red and will be visible at different times around the world.

The full eclipse will begin at approximately 9:13 p.m. UTC, which is just 5:13 p.m. EST, making it impossible to see from anywhere in the United States, Canada, Central America, or Greenland.

#08:30 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Is it safe to watch with naked eyes?: Unlike a solar eclipse, the total lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan is safe to watch with naked eyes.

We live in a very attractive part of the Universe.

In contrast, New Zealanders will be able to watch the start of the eclipse before sunrise July 28.

Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge, explained how the Moon took on the red hue.

Date, timings and how to watch the blood moon