Eclipse 2018 UK: When is the next total lunar eclipse over the UK? | Science | News

Thunderstorms and rain obscured the Blood Moon eclipse from sight for most of the UK on the night of Friday, July 27, as the record breaking heatwave came to an end.

Hopeful astronomy enthusiasts spent the day preparing for what was the longest total lunar of the 21st century, only to have to deal with fickle English weather.

Stargazers up and down the country took to social media immediately after moonrise to complain about the unfortunate atmospheric conditions.

Astrophotographer Steve Brown tweeted from North Yorkshire: “Totally cloudy here so no view of the total lunar eclipse but I am watching it online and also being treated to a pretty good lightning storm too.”

Earlier on July 23, he jokingly posted: “To the UK weather: Never, ever threaten to block our view of the total lunar eclipse on Friday or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few clouds have ever suffered before.

“We amateur astronomers will no longer tolerate you spoiling our view. Be cautious.”

The eclipse peaked over the UK horizon in the south around 8.50pm BST, already eclipsed and looking redder than usual.

A few lucky observers such as astronomer Will Gater managed to briefly spot the Moon in the cloud-riddled skies.

Mr Gater snapped a picture of the Moon behind a cover of clouds shortly after totality ended around 10.13pm BST,

He posted his photo on Twitter, saying: “Here’s the result of last night’s lunar eclipse ‘chase’ into Devon to find some cloud gaps.

“Managed to get under an area of broken cloud passing over East Devon and the rising Moon appeared very briefly. This shot was taken 55 seconds after totality”

Eclipse 2018: The next total lunar eclipse will arrive on January 21, 2019 (Image: GETTY/NASA)

Eclipse 2018: Blood Moon nasa map

Eclipse 2018: The next lunar eclipse will be visible again from the UK (Image: NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER)

When is the next total lunar eclipse over the UK?

Lunar eclipses typically occur once or twice a year, with a few exceptions.

Totally cloudy here so no view of the total lunar eclipse

Steve Brown, Astrophotographer

The good news for anyone who missed out on the July 27 eclipse is another Blood Moon will peak on the night of January 20 to January 21, 2019.

The next total lunar eclipse will feature mostly in the Western Hemisphere this time around, as opposed to the eclipse that just passed.

This is also good news for astronomers in the USA, Canada and Mexico who were outside of the July Blood Moon’s path of totality.

The totality phase of the next lunar eclipse will be visible from North and South America, the westernmost parts of Europe and Africa.

Central and eastern parts of Africa, Europe and Asia will only see the reddened Moon partially.

This means the eclipse will be visible from the UK from start to finish or the moment the Moon completely leaves the Earth’s shadow.

Astronomers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center calculate the eclipse will hit so-called maximum eclipse around 6.13am BST and will last one hour and two minutes.

From start to finish, partial and total eclipsing will last about three hours and 17 minutes.

The total eclipse will then be followed by a partial eclipse of the Moon on the night of July 16 over parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Eclipse 2018: Blood Moon photo

Eclipse 2018: The July Blood Moon was the longest of the centuy (Image: GETTY)

After this, another total lunar eclipse will not appear until May 26, 2021.

But a number of partial and total solar eclipses should keep sky-gazers around the country busy until then.

A partial solar eclipse will bite into the face of the Sun on August 11 this year, appearing over the northernmost parts of Europe and northeast Asia.

Another partial eclipse is scheduled for an appearance on January 6, 2019, over northeast Asia and the North Pacific, followed by a spectacular total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019.

The total solar eclipse will be visible over the South Pacific and South America but not the UK.

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