Thunderstorms to ease United Kingdom heatwave but may cloud blood moon

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The totality period of the eclipse will last for one hour and 42 minutes, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images A full moon rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio, about 65 kilometers south of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. You can see the live stream below: If you aren't aware, a lunar eclipse takes place when Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon.

Mars will also be part of the show because the Red Planet and sun will be on opposite sides of Earth, a phenomenon know as Mars opposition.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you don't need special equipment or glasses to view the total lunar eclipse; however, onlookers will require cloud-free weather. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

Across Africa people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface.

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A series of events have been planned in the city to mark the two rare celestial events - total lunar eclipse and Mars nearing earth on Friday. The next lunar eclipse will take place in January of next year and will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.

#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27.

In Cairo, the moon eclipsed a star, as it stood above a picture of Brazilian footballer Neymar. But since it won't be visible in North America, how do you get a glimpse of this history-making event on high? Scientists call this kind of moon a "blood moon".

"This does not herald the apocalypse - seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about".

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Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.

It's definitely a bummer for anyone in North America, but there's still a way to watch the eclipse happen live.

Skygazers in South America will be able to see part of the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27.

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