Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

The most spectacular blood moon photographs from around the world

The most spectacular blood moon photographs from around the world

The moon is seen turning red over the Sydney skyline during a total lunar eclipse on July 28, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

The total eclipse is expected to last a record-breaking one hour and 43 minutes, seen in Italy from 21:30, when the moon enters the shadow of the Earth and turns red, until 23:13, when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

During an eclipse, most of the light from the Sun is blocked by the Earth as the moon travels through the Earth's shadow.

As per Christian belief, the blood moon is said to signify the second arrival of Jesus Christ, as stated in Joel 2:31: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord come". But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon.

When asked if the eclipse might be an omen of some sort, Fabian, who said he will try to observe the eclipse, laughed: "Absolutely not".

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Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the USA since 1979 last August.

There is quite a long wait until the next lunar eclipse which happens on January 21, 2019.

On Primrose Hill, north London, would-be-moon admirers broke into a rendition of "Total eclipse of the heart" to lift the soggy mood.

The best areas to see the eclipse include South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

So it is not just the red moon but the red planet also making its presence felt in the night sky tomorrow.

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The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday. When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

Because the Moon is far away from Earth relatively speaking - its orbit is an ellipse, so it moves closer and further and looks larger and smaller from Earth.

Skygazers hoping to see the rare "blood moon" in the United Kingdom last night were left disappointed as clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon. Those planning to watch this celestial event should note that unlike solar eclipse, one does not need to cover their eyes with protective filters to view the Blood Moon. The eclipse will already have started by the time the Moon rises over the United Kingdom and Western Europe.

Those in Australia's west, where alarms were set from 2am, got to see the end of the eclipse's totality, he said.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star. This will make the moon appear smaller than regular, and much smaller than it looks during the Super Moon (when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit from the Earth).

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