Lunar Eclipse 2018 – Tech| Top Stories

Tonight, stargazers will be treated to a stunning astronomical display – a rare ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse.

The incredible will take place this evening, and will last for around one hour and 43 minutes.

This is longer than any other blood moon lunar eclipse this century.

Skywatchers will also see one of the best views of Mars in over a decade, that’s if the the skies are clear where you are.

The red planet will appear brighter than it has in 15 years as it passes close to the Earth on the same night.

Luckily, the display will be visible with the naked eye, meaning you don’t need to splash on expensive telescopes to get involved.

Here’s everything you need to know about the lunar eclipse 2018.

When is the Lunar Eclipse in the UK?

The lunar eclipse will take place tonight.

It will begin at 8:49pm, and last until 10:13pm.

However, the the optimal time to get out and witness the blood moon is at 9:21pm.

Now that’s what we call a blood moon!

How to see the Lunar Eclipse in the UK

People in the UK will not see the start of the lunar eclipse, as the moon will still be below the horizon at this time.

However, the moon will already be in Earth’s umbra (the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow) and so will start to look red – hence where the ‘blood moon’ name comes from.

For your best chance of seeing it, try to head for an area with little light pollution, such as in the countryside.

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Where can I see the Lunar Eclipse?

The moon rises at slightly different times across the UK, so your chance of seeing it depends on your location.

For example, the moon will rise at 9:02pm in Cardiff, 9:22pm in Edinburgh, and 9:27pm in Belfast.

It will also appear to be lower in the sky the further north you are.

The lunar eclipse will last for almost two hours

Here are the key timings for viewers in London.

20:50 – Moonrise

21:21 – Maximum eclipse

22:31 – Total eclipse ends

21:19 – Partial eclipse ends

You can find the timings for your area here .

What is a lunar eclipse?

As you probably know, the moon orbits Earth, which orbits the sun.

Once in a while, the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon.

When this happens, Earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon, and Earth’s shadow then falls on the moon.

This is known as a lunar eclipse.

A spokesperson for NASA said: “During a lunar eclipse, we can see Earth’s shadow on the moon.

“When Earth completely blocks the sunlight, the moon looks red or orange.

“A lunar eclipse can last for a few hours. At least two lunar eclipses happen every year.”

How long will the Lunar Eclipse last?

The lunar eclipse will last for around one hour and 43 minutes.

This is longer than any other blood moon lunar eclipse this century.

Why are blood moons red?

During this week’s lunar eclipse, the moon will turn red.

This is due to the fact that during a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, cutting off the moon’s light supply.

However, instead of going dark, the surface of the Moon takes on a reddish glow.

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