Don't miss tonight's lunar eclipse

A boat sails in the Bosporus Strait separating Europe and Asia as a super blue blood moon rises over Istanbul Wednesday Jan. 31 2018. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse or blood moon

During the eclipse, the moon will look red, which is also referred to as a "blood moon".

During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.

The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the United Kingdom from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST.

Apart from being called the red Moon, it is also known as Sturgeon, Hay, or Mead Moon.

"The Earth doesn't rotate far enough this time around for anyone in North America - the United States and Alaska - to see the eclipse but there are other eclipses that we don't see, there's always a little bit of the Earth that misses out". Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar. Will there be any positive or negative impact of this astronomy incident? The Bible contains references to the moon turning into blood and some ultra-Orthodox Jews consider lunar eclipses ominous and a cause for moral contemplation. There are a lot of myths related to Chandra Grahan in India but if you are a skygazer it doesn't really matter.

According to NASA, the US will have to wait until July 2020 to witness its next lunar eclipse.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will take place this week, on Thursday, June 26 into Friday, June 27.

While you might imagine that this phenomenon leads to a dark sky, the way the sunlight travels through Earth's atmosphere means that it actually casts the moon in a reddish orange hue-hence the nickname "blood moon".

According to TimeandDate.com, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. on July 28 Taipei time, with the total eclipse beginning at 3.30 a.m.

Skywatchers around much of the world have sought a glimpse of a complete lunar eclipse that was the longest of this century.

Slooh will broadcast the entire lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel, which should go live at 1:00 p.m. EDT (17:00 UT).

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow and this can only occur when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. For four hours, it will be partly in the Earth's shadow.

At 7.13pm South African time, the moon will start moving into the penumbral (partial) shadow of the earth.

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

This will be the second and last lunar eclipse of 2018.

According to National Geographic, an Inca myth told the story of a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon (giving it its red colour).

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