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A total lunar eclipse is taking place across North America, South America and the Pacific Ocean on 15th April 2014. Sadly for the UK and Europe the Moon will have set over the south-western horizon and the Sun will be rising by the time the eclipse starts. Western Iceland and the extreme south-west of Portugal might catch a glimpse of the start of the lunar eclipse, but it will only be brief – and you’ll need a really flat southwestern horizon to view it.
Blood Red Moon
A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon moves directly through the Earth’s shadow in space. This shadow is created by the Sun. The Moon of course is in orbit around the Earth, and so when the Moon reaches a point in its orbit where it is on the other side of the Earth to the Sun it appears as a Full Moon in our night sky, and is in the same area of the sky as Earth’s shadow.
Most Full Moons pass above or below the Earth’s shadow in space. Occasionally though the Full Moon passes directly through the shadow to give us a lunar eclipse. The Full Moon does not disappear entirely during an eclipse. Instead it dims dramatically, often taking on a copper or blood red colour as sunlight refracts through Earth’s atmosphere to give the shadow on the Moon an eerie colouration.
Next Lunar Eclipse Visible from UK
The next two lunar eclipses (October 2014 and April 2015) are not visible from the UK either. We have to wait until 28th September 2015 to experience a blood red moon in the UK nighttime sky. Before that we have the partial solar eclipse to look forward to on the morning of 20th March 2015.
2 >> Select a telescope and check the availability indicator on the telescope information screen
3 >> Hire period is 7 or 14 nights, starting and ending Fridays. Nightly telescope hire is also available from our Southwest England hire bases
4 >> Make your booking request here, or phone Seb on 07884 001815
5 >> We will send you a booking confirmation. A delivery / pick up time is arranged for the start of the hire period, and a collection / drop-off time is fixed for the end of the hire period. These times are flexible.
6 >> You can pay for your telescope hire by cash on the day of collection or delivery. We also accept advance bank payments and paypal payments.
7 >> Everything you need to use the telescope is included. Our stargazing guides provide detailed information to help you navigate your way around the night sky.
8 >> Hope for clear skies!
We are located on the High Street (A5120) in Toddington close to Jct 12 of the M1. From the motorway head up the hill into Toddington. The road bears left at the Church. Continue along the road past the shops on your right. We are 100 yards or so up on the left.
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Dark Sky Telescope Hire
41 High Street
Tel. 07884 001815
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