The Moon Once Pure and White: Blood Moon 2018

Tonight we're in for a rare treat and the skies look relatively clear to fully enjoy it. It's the Blood Moon on Friday 27th July, and it will be the longest eclipse of the 21st century.

As it rises, the moon will turn red and the totality period (when the moon's light is totally obscured) will last 1 hour 43 minutes. It will be completely safe to see with the naked eye, so no fancy telescopes are required.

It is expected to begin at 8:49pm, and last until 10:13pm, with the optimal time being 9:21pm.

Why Blood Moon?
The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. This is due to some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere bending around the edge of the planet and falling onto the moon's surface.

The blood moon will coincide with one of the best views of Mars, as the red planet passes close to the Earth.

We don't need a huge astronomical event to feel inspired, we're inspired every single day by the moon's beauty. However, we love that it is so prominent in the news at the moment, and to hear people talking about it with such passion. We hope you all manage to get out there tonight, and witness a true wonder.

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