Blood moon across world United Kingdom left disappointed

Blood moon to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.

"I have been excited since last week to see the celestial event".

The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East between sunset and midnight on July 27 and then between midnight and sunrise on July 28 in much of Asia and Australia.

Kenyans witnessed the rare occurrence by simply looking in the sky, with the only limitation being cloud cover in some parts of the country.

Our red moon will have some company Friday, when Mars is the closest to Earth that it's been in 15 years.

How often does a blood moon occur?

The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019.

Scientists say there are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

Blood moon to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse
The different phases of moon from Kochi Kerala

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT (1.14am to 7.28am Malaysia Time) - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history.

Until science put the record straight, folk tales abounded about such occurrences, with some civilisations attributing them to conflicts between the gods.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and strikes the moon.

"This eclipse is special because just by chance it happens that the moon will cross the shadow of the Earth nearly along its diameter, which makes the eclipse a few minutes longer than usual", Francisco Diego, an astronomer at University College London in the United Kingdom, told NBC News. When the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, Earth's shadow will be cast on the moon. "The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere".

This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003.

"We should have a coppery red tint on the moon with Mars the "Red Planet" just next to it, very bright and with a slight orange hue itself".

Meanwhile frustrated crowds of would-be moon admirers gathered on a hill in cloudy north London consoled themselves by breaking into a rendition of Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler´s 1983 hit "Total eclipse of the heart".

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