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The term "blood moon" was popularised by Christian pastor John Hagee in 2013 following the release of the book Four Blood Moons, which highlighted a lunar sequence of four total eclipses that occurred in 2014/15.

Moonrise in the United Kingdom will be at around 8.50pm.

#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27.

"When you first spot Mars rising in the east after sunset, you'll be startled by how bright it looks", says Sky & Telescope's Observing Editor Diana Hannikainen. The entire event will last for 103 minutes across the world.

"It is a very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night", said Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, who will try to watch the eclipse from the Mediterranean Sea.

North America will nearly completely miss out on the blood moon.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

Mesopotamians regarded the blood moon as an omen that the king would be attacked.

Dr Brown said: 'At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun.

Skywatchers around much of the world have sought a glimpse of a complete lunar eclipse that was the longest of this century. Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon". First, there will be a total lunar eclipse and although uncommon, this one is special because it's going to last a lot longer than usual - in fact the longest this century. There are several channels which are organising live streaming of the lunar eclipse.

This will cause a dark red glow to emit from the Moon. It will also be almost three times brighter than Sirius - the brightest star in the night sky.

Photographer James Morgan managed to capture the blood moon perfectly through the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However, this celestial phenomenon will not be available to people in north America. Only red light makes it through the atmosphere.

In the United Kingdom, rain clouds permitting, the Moon will appear entirely red - fully eclipsed by Earth - from when it rises at 21:00 to 22:15 BST. It will appear as a dark, reddish disk in the sky.





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