Stargazers across Britain will be given the chance to capture an amazing site in the early hours of Monday morning as a total lunar eclipse coincides with a “supermoon”, making the moon appear “blood” red and larger in the sky.
The last one was in 1982 and the next one won’t be until 2033 but, weather permitting, this should be visible from the UK from around 1am on Monday morning, with the total eclipse starting at 3.11am. It’s expected to reach it’s peak at 3.47am.
According to scientists the “the moon will swell by more than 14% and turn red as it falls under the shadow of the Earth”. It looks like the best parts of the UK to see this will be in Scotland and Cumbria but that’s, as always, down to the weather conditions, which although look good at the minute may change at any time.
I’m a bit disappointed it’s so late. I know you can’t change these things but I know my daughter would love to see it and pictures just aren’t the same. The next time these two events happen simultaneously she’ll be twenty six - what a thought!
If you and your children do decide do watch it, unlike solar eclipses, observing a total lunar eclipse does not require any special equipment or glasses.
I’m not the most scientific, watching is about my limit, but if you have a science boffin Space.Com has a ton of pics and interesting facts about the event.