Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Total lunar eclipse

Moon to turn blood red Wednesday 15th June as UK experiences total lunar eclipse

Sky watchers in the UK will be hoping for a cloudless sky on Wednesday evening so they can get the best view of the longest total lunar eclipse since 2000. The dramatic event will turn the moon blood red for 100 minutes during the period of totality. 
The eclipse begins at 6.24pm (BST) and ends at midnight but sunset doesn't occur in the UK until 9.19pm.

A total lunar eclipse in Japan, 2007: During totality light only reaches the moon
 through Earth's atmosphere, back-scattering blue light and making it appear red