Great Views For Supermoon Eclipse Spectacle

Great Views For Supermoon Eclipse Spectacle

Skywatchers are being promised tremendous views of a spectacular celestial event tonight that has not occurred for 33 years.

The supermoon eclipse will see our planet move directly between the sun & moon – giving the lunar surface a rusty appearance.

The rare spectacle was last seen in 1982, & will not happen again until 2033, according to NASA scientists.

It happens when the moon is at its closest orbit to us, making it appear 14% larger than normal.

The event traditionally sparks 'End of Days' theories as some believers clutch bibles wondering if the end is nigh.

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The night sky will be clear across most of the UK tonight, offering perfect conditions to see the blood-red supermoon between 1am & 6.30am.

The moon, Earth & sun will be lined up at around 3.11am UK time, with the eclipse beginning a couple of hours beforehand.

Sky News weather producer Joanne Coles said: "As high pressure continues to dominate across the British Isles, most places will have a satisfactory chance of seeing the supermoon-lunar eclipse during the early hours of Monday morning.

"Clear skies during the early part of the night mean that mist & fog patches may form just approximately anywhere so this will be something to monitor especially in northeast England.

"A moderate breeze across southwest England will perhaps prevent mist & fog forming here yet there will be patchy cloud.

"Thicker cloud & the chance of some rain in the far northwest of Scotland & the western coast of the Republic of Ireland may prevent a satisfactory view in these areas."

The full eclipse of the moon will last for more than an hour & be visible, weather permitting, from North & South America, Europe, Africa & western Asia.

Tonight's eclipse is the end of a tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart.

The 21st century will see eight tetrads – an uncommonly high number. From 1600 to 1900 there were none at all.

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Source: “Sky News”