Talking Lunar Eclipse with prof. Lerothodi Leeuw

The "blood moon" effect is created due to light passing through Earth's atmosphere, which scatters blue light, meaning the moon turns a reddish colour.

A lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 27, 2018. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

The longest eclipse of the 20th century fell on July 16, 2000.

The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT.

The Royal Astronomical Society said Mars and the moon will appear low in the sky for everyone in the United Kingdom, so a location with an unobstructed southeastern horizon will afford the best view. (Picture: EPA) The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse next to the German national flag on top of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany.

Andrew Fabian is with the University of Cambridge.

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It will also be seen perfectly in Africa and in Asia, and partly in Australia and in South America.

There is quite a long wait until the next lunar eclipse which happens on January 21, 2019. John Hagee also wrote of the Blood Moon Prophecy, in his book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change.

This rare phenomenon will be fully visible from the Indian Ocean and partially from Europe and North Africa.

In Sydney, crowds gathered to watch the Moon turn red above the city's distinctive skyline.

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon which turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson as it moved into the earth's shadow. In Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, people at an open-air restaurant admired a rare clear view during the rainy season, comparing a live NASA webcast to what they saw above.

When the sun, Earth and moon are all lined up, sun-rays shine on the edges of the Earth. This is what makes it appear so brightly in our sky, beginning early Friday morning. The lunar eclipse photographed here was very unusual, because it coincided with the moon's perigee, or closest approach to Earth.

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