This Friday will see one of the longest lunar eclipses in over a century.
The total phase of the “blood moon” eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes.
The reason for it lasting that long is because the moon was pass into the darkest region of the earths shadow when it is also furthest from the earth.
A blood moon is coming! Here’s what you need to know pic.twitter.com/MqciYNaxOg
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 24, 2018
However, on Merseyside the total blood moon lunar eclipse will be visible for less time, 54 minutes.
The total eclipse will start at 9:21pm lasting until 10:13pm on Merseyside.
What will the weather be like ?
The chances of spotting it on Merseyside will be slim, as there’s mostly cloudy conditions forecast for the time it starts.
The best the region can hope for is a few breaks in cloud.
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 25, 2018
The blood moon lunar eclipse will also take place when Mars passes to closer to earth than it has done for over 15 years.
As Mars will be closer than usual this will mean the red planet will be 10 times brighter than usual, making it a very good opportunity to spot it.
This will be the nearest to earth it has been since 2003, when it came to its closest distance to Earth in nearly 60,000 years.
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