The blood moon: a rare lunar eclipse, in pictures

The blood moon: a rare lunar eclipse, in pictures

The blood moon: a rare lunar eclipse, in pictures

But on the upside it means it will also take longer for it to pass through the Earth's shadow, making the lunar eclipse the longest eclipse of this century - it is expected to last for nearly two hours.

If you're located anywhere in North America, you won't be able to see tomorrow's total lunar eclipse...at least not by stepping outside.

Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon.

Check this page closer to 3 p.m. Friday for a look at how the world is viewing the lunar eclipse. The penumbral eclipse will begin at 11:44 pm IST on July 27, 2018, followed by a partial eclipse at 11:54 pm.

An eclipse is what happens when one celestial body obscures the light from another.

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.

Unlike solar eclipses, which last a few minutes, lunar eclipses last three hours or longer.

Moon rise will happen in Belfast at 9.27pm this evening, coming just after the mid-eclipse point, with the "total" eclipse ending at 10.13pm.

The scientist said during a total lunar eclipse, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon, while the only light reflected from the lunar surface would be refracted by earth's atmosphere.

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It will begin when the full moon enters the Earth's shadow (Penumbra) at 1.14am on July 28.

This specific blood moon is rare because it is lasting a very long length of time, thanks to the moon passing through the centre of the Earth's shadow. The moon will be below the horizon and out of sight in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other North American countries during the eclipse.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.

"In early days experiencing a total lunar eclipse would have felt like the end of the world".

The blue blood moon in January this year was the last time an eclipse occurred.

The lunar eclipse is coined "blood moon" for the color change of the moon, as seen from Earth, while it is immersed in Earth's shadow.

A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse beside a statue of ancient Greek goddess Athena in central Athens on July 27, 2018.

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