And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. - Revelation 6:12, The Bible.
The moon will appear to turn blood red this Wednesday as the United Kingdom will experience a total lunar eclipse.
Sky watchers in the UK will be hoping for a cloudless sky on Wednesday evening so they can get the best view of the longest total lunar eclipse since 2000. The dramatic event will turn the moon blood red for 100 minutes during the period of totality. But Nasa warned Europeans will miss the early stages of the eclipse 'because they occur before moonrise.' The eclipse beings at 6.24pm (BST) and ends at midnight but sunset doesn't occur in the UK until 9.19pm. People in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia will be able to enjoy the entire event. However, those in the U.S will miss out as the eclipse will occur during daylight hours. The moon is normally illuminated by the Sun. During a lunar eclipse the Earth, Sun and Moon are in line and the Earth’s shadow moves across the surface of the full moon. Sunlight that has passed through the Earth’s atmosphere makes the moon appear red, brown or black. The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of the lunar orbit means that it normally passes above or below the terrestrial shadow. This means a full moon is seen but no eclipse takes place. - Daily Mail.WATCH: Turning the Moon Blood Red!
At least twice a year, the lunar eclipse provides parts of the world with the beautiful, yet frightening, glimpse of a crimson lunar surface. However, this exceptional event will not happen again for 7 years.
This month's full moon will pass almost directly through the center of Earth's shadow on Wednesday in what will be an unusually long total eclipse of the moon. The lunar eclipse will occur just two weeks after a June 1 partial solar eclipse, when the moon blocked part of the sun as viewed from Arctic regions. The eclipse won't be visible from North America due to its timing, which places the event in the daylight hours when the moon is behind the local horizon. But the Eastern Hemisphere of Earth will be facing the moon during the eclipse. This hemisphere, centered on a spot in the Indian Ocean to the east of the island nation of Madagascar, will have a ringside seat for this event... At mid-eclipse (2013 GMT), the moon will be passing just to the north of the center of the Earth's shadow. As such, the duration of totality is an unusually long 100 minutes, which is just seven minutes shy of the absolute maximum for a total lunar eclipse. In fact, over the last 100 years, only three other eclipses have rivaled the duration of totality of this eclipse : The total lunar eclipse of July 16, 1935, lasted 101 minutes; the eclipse of July 6, 1982, lasted 107 minutes; the eclipse of July 16, 2000, lasted 107 minutes. The next total lunar eclipse of exceptional length will come on July 27, 2018, and will last 106 minutes. On Dec. 10, 2011, another total lunar eclipse will be visible before the moon sets over the western United States and Canada. After that, the next total lunar eclipse that will be widely visible across all of North America will be on April 15, 2014. - MSN.