PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 January 2019 Megan Aldous A lunar eclipse is due to take place on January 21. Picture: DAVID MURTON/DARSHAM ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY DAVID MURTON/DARSHAM ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY Stargazers will need to prepare for an extremely late night in order to catch a glimpse of a lunar phenomenon. A total lunar eclipse is set to unfold later this month and won’t be visible again in the UK until 2028. The eclipse, which is also known as a blood moon, will be visible in the early hours of the morning on January 21. David Murton, from the Darsham Astronomical Society, said: “The visible eclipse will start at 3.33am with the earth’s shadow starting to take a bite out of the full moon. “This bite will slowly increase until 4.41am when totality starts. By this time the full moon will have become considerably dimmer, however, unlike a solar eclipse it won’t go completely dark as the earth’s atmosphere will bend some of the sunlight, so that it continues to illuminate the moon. “However, refraction of the light and dust in our atmosphere will colour this light and the moon can turn a deep coppery red colour.“Lunar eclipses last considerably longer than solar ones… Read full this story
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