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The Moon Is Set To Turn Blood Red In Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon Is Set To Turn Blood Red In Total Lunar Eclipse

On Friday, the total lunar eclipse will stretch for nearly two hours which is the longest this century

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

In less than a week, at 8:30pm on the dot, we can enjoy the longest total lunar eclipse this century which could last nearly two hours.

We will be able to see the moon turn a blood red as the Earth passes between the Sun and the moon, casting a shadow on it. That's science, kids.

According to the MailOnline, the lunar event will last for 103 minutes - four minutes short of the longest possible duration an eclipse could last. Rather precise.

But, surprise surprise, the UK falls slightly outside of the optimal viewing range, meaning people will see it for only 84 minutes. Which kind of seems like enough time, right?

Apparently, we're missing out by 20 minutes because the moon will be below the horizon in Britain when the eclipse begins.


Parts of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia are in the perfect location for the eclipse, so they will be able to see the entire display.

That is on the condition that the weather is good. There's always something in the bloody way, isn't there?

Anyway, the total eclipse will begin at around 8.30pm in the UK on July 27 and finish at 10.13pm.

From quarter past 10 until around half 12 there will be a partial eclipse.


Stargazers can expect to see the blood moon from around 8.50pm. Because remember, the moon isn't in the right position which is pretty inconsiderate. And don't even get us on to the weather.

The MailOnline recommends that to get the best view of the eclipse, you should make sure you are in an area with low-light pollution. For example, high vantage points in a built-up area, or ideally, a trip to the countryside should provide the best view.

And it might be best to get yourself somewhere nice because people have said that this eclipse will signal the end of the world.

They reckon that some sort of catastrophic event will come along and destroy us. I suppose if it does I'm going to feel pretty daft mocking it.

So, get yourselves ready for Friday - whether we stay or go, it'll be nice to see this blood moon because it doesn't come along every week.

Make sure you have a strong alcoholic bev in your hand as well, because, well - what a way to go.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Interesting, Community, Earth, Sun