Cloud cover set to block Northern Ireland's view of rare blood moon

Saturday, 28 Jul, 2018

The lunar eclipse over Warsaw, Poland. Moreover, the Sun and Mars will also lie opposite to each other, keeping the Earth in the middle. Interestingly, the August 6/7, 2036 eclipse will not have almost as long a totality as the June 25/26, 2029 total lunar eclipse, where totality will last for 102 minutes. This visibility of lunar eclipse in India is expected to be pretty good but cloudy sky and inclement weather may hurt your chances of being able to watch the phenomenon.

The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse is the 17th total lunar eclipse since 2001, the beginning of this century, which will see 85 total lunar eclipses.

Residents in certain parts of the world will witness a rare sight on Friday, as a lunar eclipse and the closest approach of the planet Mars in 15 years will both occur at the same time. This will make the Red Planet appear slightly larger, but most notably brighter in the sky.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers do not need protective eye gear to observe the rare display.

This slower moving full Moon will take longer time and greater distance of Earth's umbral shadow cone to travel, making it the longest duration of total eclipse of this century. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about mediaeval superstitions".

On July 27th, 2018 most of the world will be treated to an extraordinary evening of activity in the sky.

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

In the United Kingdom the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm, the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm with the moon visible to the south-east, until 10.13pm.

If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.

With the Earth's shadow subduing the moon's bright light, the stars and planets were on show, including Mars, which was at the brightest it's been since 2003.

The celestial event comes as a result of the alignment between the moon, Earth and the sun, and will be visible across the United Kingdom and parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

Although no longer directly illuminated by the Sun, the moon still catches light filtered and bent by the Earth's atmosphere. It should also be at least partially visible from Europe, Australia, South America and most of eastern Asia, although the total eclipse phase will not last as long. Also, the Red wavelengths are less dispersed than the violet and blue wavelengths, the Moon appears Red in colour. The partial eclipse will start again around 3:49 am. In 2003, Mars came closest to our planet in nearly 60,000 years.

It's definitely a bummer for anyone in North America, but there's still a way to watch the eclipse happen live.