Sheffield set for lunar eclipse THIS WEEK

According to astronomers, the total lunar will last for about one hour and 43 minutes - 27 minutes longer than January 31's Super Blue Blood Moon, which lasted for one hour and 16 minutes.

Steel said the colouration of this so-called "blood moon" - a spectacle shrouded in ancient superstition - was due to some sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the moon. Colours at the blue end of the spectrum - like violet, blue and green, get scattered by earth's atmosphere while the longer wavelength, red end of the spectrum gets directed on to the surface of the moon.

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand says the country will see the start of the eclipse as the Moon moves into the penumbra (Earth's outer shadow). "The lunar eclipses occur around middle of the Hijri months, while solar eclipses occur before the first of the Hijri months".

The moon sets near a light on the roof of Safeco Field during a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Seattle. It is going to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon.

"South eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north western ones".

The stellar alignment will result in the moon disappearing into the Earth's shadow and reappearing as the ominous Blood Moon. The total lunar eclipse also sees the moon taking a shade of red, thus called the Blood Moon.

In Ukraine the phase of the total lunar Eclipse will occur on July 27 at 23:21 (20:21 UTC).

Unlike with solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are less common and safe to watch meaning you can view it without using protective eyewear.

The moon will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark. The eclipse will also be visible in the region covering Australia, Asia, Russia - except the northern part, Africa, Europe, east of South America and Antarctica. It is possible that meteorites containing simple organisms like cyanobacteria could have been blasted off the surface of the Earth and landed on the Moon. This eclipse lasted a few hours and began at 03:48:23 and ended at 06:13:44. Looking directly at that light requires special glasses to protect the eyes from the sun's brightness.

But during a lunar eclipse, the glow of the moon has a much less intense brightness than the sun.

- From Whanganui to Wellington there's a chance of seeing the totally-eclipsed Moon as the Sun peeks above the horizon.

Vanessa Coleman