Where are the best places to see the upcoming 'blood moon'?

Where are the best places to see the upcoming 'blood moon'?

And if that's not enough celestial excitement for you, in late July stargazers will also get an unparalleled view of Mars as the red planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

Weather permitting, you should be able to see it from anywhere in the UK.

The totality phase of next month's eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes, the longest total lunar eclipse in the 21st Century.

A lunar eclipse, commonly referred to as a "blood moon", graces the night sky.

Doomsday preachers have been reportedly suggesting that July's blood moon heralds the end of the world, as biblical passages talk about the moon turning the colour of blood prior to the apocalypse - and we have had several such events recently.

The blood moon will be visible only in the eastern hemisphere of the world - Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

It's always exciting to watch a total lunar eclipse in the sky, especially when it is projected to be the longest one in your lifetime.


It happens because of the sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere. The total eclipse will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. EDT (1930 to 2113 GMT). Therefore, only red light, having the longest wavelength in the visible spectrum, travels to the Moon, and results in the Moon appearing blood red. Europe and Africa will witness the eclipse during the evening hours. But if you're not awake, don't worry: You can still check it out after the sun sets around 8:05 p.m. ET.

In Asia, Australia and Indonesia, the greatest view of the eclipse will be during morning hours. The darkest part of Earth's shadow is called the umbra.

Why Is This Particular Lunar Eclipse So Long?

Tonight, Inverse explained, "Earth's orbit will bring the planet in between Saturn and the sun, which will place Saturn opposite the sun in Earth's sky and create a rare opportunity to observe the ringed planet throughout the night".

Lunar apogee is the moon's farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

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