Published On: Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015 on 8:30 am

Blood moon: Will UK stargazers see the moon turn red this weekend?

Stargazers across the world are preparing to see the moon turn a bloody red colour this weekend.

Blood Moon

The blood moon.

Lunar eclipses occur when the moon dips into Earth’s shadow, casting an occasionally spooky glow on the natural satellite.

A partial phase of an eclipse happens when the moon passes through the outer part of Earth’s shadow, but total lunar eclipses happen only when the darkest part of the planet’s shadow falls across the lunar surface.

Speaking of the blood moon, NASA officials said: “During the eclipse, the moon often looks reddish because sunlight has passed through Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of its blue light.

“This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname ‘blood moon’.”

Unfortunately, stargazers in the UK will most likely be left in the dark as the rare blood moon phenomenon will be visible across North America, Asia and Australia.

The next lunar eclipse will be visible from the UK on 28 September however.

The UK will experience a total lunar eclipse, which will be visible after midnight.

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