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GETTYBlood Moon 2018 The next lunar eclipse will turn the moon red on July 27

A blood moon - and the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century - will occur on the night of June 27 and the morning of June 28.

Weather permitting, you should be able to see it from anywhere in the UK.

None of the almost four hours of total eclipse time will be viewable from North America outside of a webcast. And yes, it will look larger than normal - but this always happens when the moon is near the horizon. The last lunar eclipse, which took place on January 31, lasted for an hour and 17 minutes.

The eclipse will be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC.

Joel 2:30-31 reads: "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke".

The upcoming blood moon is not only of interest to astronomers and star-gazers, however. This event was a combination of a supermoon, blue moon and a blood moon.

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Skygazers who missed out on January's Super Blue Blood Moon, the first lunar eclipse of 2018, have a good chance of witnessing the next celestial wonder as the eclipse will adorn the skies next month. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the main event. "The moon is simply passing into the Earth's shadow".

New Zealand does see the earlier stages of the eclipse, with the Moon entering the penumbra - or light shadow - at 5.14am and the umbra - dark shadow - at 6.24am.

"What controls the duration of the lunar eclipse is the position of the moon as it passes through the Earth's shadow", Petro told Space.com. It will take nearly four hours for it to cross the Earth's dark umbral shadow.

"The moon can either graze through the cone, or go right through the middle".

The low arc of the June full moon across the sky means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, which gives it an orange or yellow tint.

Lunar apogee is the moon's farthest orbital point from Earth making it appear particularly small and distant.

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