Thunderstorms to ease United Kingdom heatwave but may cloud blood moon

Thunderstorms to ease United Kingdom heatwave but may cloud blood moon

Galloway Dark Sky Park has been recognised as one of the best places in the United Kingdom to stargaze and so will be a great spot to witness the blood moon tonight.

A Total Lunar Eclipse will turn the moon Blood red as it travels through the Earth's shadow. The best visibility will be in Africa and Asia. Mid-eclipse is at 21.21 BST and the "total" phase of the eclipse ends at 22.13. The eclipse will be the longest this century.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

Not only will you be able to see the blood moon tonight, you may also get a glimpse of the planet Mars, which is at its closest to Earth in 15 years.

The world will witness the longest total lunar eclipse of this century on July 27, 2018.

Dr Duncan Steel, of Otago's Centre for Space Science Technology, said the colouration of this so-called "blood moon" - a spectacle shrouded in ancient superstition - was due to some sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the moon.

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. At its closest point beginning Friday night, the Red Planet will be 35.8 million miles away but will remain at peak brightness through August 3.

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

Fabian says, 'If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun.

A Micro Full Moon takes place when the Moon is at its apogee - the point on its orbit farthest from the Earth. The Mahila Seva Samaj School, in association with Aryabhata Planetarium, will be setting up a high-end telescope in the playground to view the spectacular blood moon. The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1am IST.

In addition, the event will also be visible in parts of South-America, parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.

According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance.

But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find the flawless spot to see the red moon coming over the horizon, you'll still be able to get a good view once it rises in the sky.

This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. To stay safe, kids and adults too must not see it with naked eyes.

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