'Blood moon' lunar eclipse partially visible in T&T on Friday

'Blood moon' lunar eclipse partially visible in T&T on Friday

And finally, there are total lunar eclipses, where the entire moon passes through the umbra.

A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015.

It was also better the further south you are with Otago and Southland favoured because the event will last longer. 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.

It has been named "Blood Moon" as the Moon gets a rusty orange or deep red colour, when the sunlight is scattered through the Earth's atmosphere. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon.

Visitors will have the opportunity to clearly see the eclipse through advanced telescopes and benefit from the fact that the Arab world, especially the GCC region, will be one of the best locations from which to observe 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 Malmö and Stockholm this will happen at 9.15pm, in Gothenburg 9.30pm, Umeå 9.45pm, Östersund 10pm and 11pm at the northernmost tip of Sweden, Treriksröset. During the course of the eclipse, Mars will sit at one of its closest points to Earth in its orbit.

The totality, which, you may recall, is when the Earth's shadow covers the moon and casts the world into darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

Across Africa, people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface.

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

The last blood moon was observed on January 31 2018.

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Galloway Dark Sky Park has been recognised as one of the best places in the United Kingdom to stargaze and so will be a great spot to witness the blood moon tonight. The only issue may be that the night sky may not be dark enough this time of the year.

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Mohammed Shawkat Odeh, Director of the International Astronomical Centre, said: "During this phenomenon, many planets can also be seen".

What a lunar eclipse can look like.

Meanwhile, Mars is now traveling closer to Earth than it has since 2003, so some observers overnight might have also seen what looked like an orange-red star, but was in fact the red planet. Just step outside, look up, and enjoy! In 2003, Mars came closest to our planet in nearly 60,000 years.

Is a blood moon really rare? . This eclipse will also be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

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