Blood moon across world United Kingdom left disappointed
Blood moon across world United Kingdom left disappointed
Blood Moon” or longest total lunar eclipse of the century this Friday
29 July, 2018, 21:59
The event was visible to much of the world's population and was the longest blood moon of the century - but heavy clouds in the United Kingdom meant the spectacle was obscured for many.
The so-called "blood moon", when it turns a deep red, is visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.
Although the sky over Bangladesh was not too clear due to clouds, many people of the country saw the record-breaking lunar eclipse early Saturday.
The blood moon phenomenon, which has caused some Christian fundamentalists to denounce the celestial event as a harbinger of doom, occurs when the moon passes behind the shadow of the Earth. - AFP This combination of 14 pictures put together in photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near to La Puente town, canary Spanish island of Tenerife.
But Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, reassured the doubters.
There is quite a long wait until the next lunar eclipse which happens on January 21, 2019.
Across Africa people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface. Meanwhile, frustrated crowds of would-be moon admirers gathered on a hill in cloudy north London consoled themselves by breaking into a rendition of Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler's 1983 hit "Total eclipse of the heart".
The phenomenon dubbed as the "super blue blood moon" was last witnessed in 1866.
While many local astronomers headed for the high hills and clear skies of the Drakensberg for the viewing, the eclipse was visible to anyone who had their eye on the moon.
We live in a very lovely part of the Universe.
As many consider lunar eclipses to be inauspicious, several temples were shut early on Friday night.
The total eclipse one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, NASA said, although a partial eclipse preceded this.
As per Christian belief, the blood moon is said to signify the second arrival of Jesus Christ, as stated in Joel 2:31: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord come".
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