Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27

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"The blood moon is the result of a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon passes directly behind earth and into its shadow".

A blood moon will grace the United Kingdom skies next month.

The event itself will last almost 4 hours, with official estimates saying the eclipse alone will go on for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, according to a report by the Inquisitr. As such, it's the kind of once-in-a-lifetime event that you shouldn't miss, so here is everything you need to know.

June's full "Strawberry Moon" is arriving tonight - and it comes with a special treat for stargazers: Saturn will also be at its biggest and brightest.

It will also be visible with the naked eye all night long, rising in the East around sunset and slowly making its way across the sky before setting in the West around sunrise, according to AccuWeather.

The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark.

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The total eclipse will begin at 7:30 p.m. UTC, and end at 9:13 p.m. UTC.

Recent red skies are apparently down to the specific scattering of light particles through the atmosphere. But if you're not awake, don't worry: You can still check it out after the sun sets around 8:05 p.m. ET.

The Book of Revelations also contains a similar passage which reads: 'And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood'.

The total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27-28 and will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, with 66-minute partial eclipses before and after. It will take nearly four hours for it to cross the Earth's dark umbral shadow. Weather permitting, this will give skywatchers a great view of the Red Planet alongside a glowing red moon. "That [the middle] gets a longer-duration eclipse", he said.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

"Sometimes called an apogean full moon, or micro-moon or mini-moon, this smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit", McClure said.

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