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Huge swathes of the planet are in line for a spectacular lunar treat next month as the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow.
The second blood moon of 2017 follows the super blue blood moon on January 31, a once-in-a-lifetime event combining a supermoon, blue moon and blood moon.
Residents in North America, Alaska and Hawaii were fortune to have great viewing opportunities for the phenomenon – but no eclipse was visible in the UK.
However, this second lunar eclipse will provide a visual delight for people living in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.
When is Blood Moon visible over the USA and UK?
Unfortunately, the next blood moon will not be visible from the US.
Bruce McClure, celestial expert, said: “This lunar eclipse is primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
“South America, at least in part, can watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset July 27, whereas New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise July 28.
“North America, most of the Arctic and much of the Pacific Ocean will miss out entirely.
“The greatest eclipse takes place at or around midnight for Madagascar and the Middle East.
“Europe and Africa view the greatest eclipse during the evening hours, sometime between sunset and midnight on July 27, whereas most of Asia, Indonesia and Australia view the greatest eclipse in the morning.”
The UK will get to see the total lunar eclipse so make a note of the following important times (all in BST):
Partial eclipse start: 7.24pm
Total eclipse start: 8.30pm
Peak of eclipse: 9.22pm
Finish of total eclipse: 10.13pm
Finish of partial eclipse: 11.19pm
What are blood moons?
Blood moons are given their name because of the reddish tinge the moon takes on during the eclipse.
The small amount of sunlight that does reach the moon, and is not blocked out by the Earth, filters out the sun’s blue light making it appear red.
The phenomenon is known as Rayleigh Scattering.
Why is the July eclipse longer?
July’s lunar event will last for a greater time than normal due to the moon passing almost directly through the Earth’s shadow.
In addition, the astronomical body will be at its most distance point from the Earth.
This means it will take longer to cross our planet’s shadow than it normally would.