Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK
From Greece to Abu Dhabi, Australia to Iraq, a stunning blood moon as spectacular as it was rare lit up the night sky around the world on Friday night.
It marked the start of the longest total lunar eclipse we will see this century, passing between the sun and the Earth for a grand total of 103 minutes.
Lauded as a "real celestial treat" by Professor Andrew Coats of Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and a "freak of nature" by space journalist Sarah Cruddas, it certainly lived up to its billing.
A blood moon is actually a lunar eclipse – caused by the Earth passing between the moon and the sun.
Only light that is refracted through Earth's atmosphere manages to reach the moon, with everything outside of the red wavelengths being scattered, leaving the moon looking blood red.
An incredibly stormy end to a week of record-breaking heat made such views hard to come by in the UK.
Stargazers were left disappointed as clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon.
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