What time is the blood moon? Will thunderstorms stop you seeing it?


The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, with a partial eclipse before and after.

July's total lunar eclipse occurs on the same day the planet Mars reaches its opposition, when it will shine at its best in the night sky.

This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July. This means the sun's light is blocked by the Earth, and the moon passes into its shadow. The moon was in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also the blood moon. When sunlight passes through the Earth's atmosphere, it will light the moon, giving it the red color and the name, Blood Moon.

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The eclipse will be visible in parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

The sky show will be partially visible as the moon rises just after sunset in parts of Europe, West Africa and South America.

A series of events have been planned in the city to mark the two rare celestial events - total lunar eclipse and Mars nearing earth on Friday.

While this morning's lunar eclipse was long, they can be longer - up to one hour and 47 minutes.

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Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the "blood moon" lunar eclipse in some parts of the country as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain. Astronomers call this interplanetary lineup, "syzygy", since planets appear brighter when they're directly behind Earth and directly in the path of the Sun's light. In India, the lunar eclipse is popularly known as Chandra Grahan.

But not everyone was able to see the eclipse.

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Unlike like a solar eclipse, it is entirely safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, and Friday's eclipse offered sky-watchers more time than usual to look.

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You can still catch the eclipse live despite being on the other side of the world, though! At that time, it came within 34.6 million miles of earth, marking its closest approach in 60,000 years.