Lunar eclipse goes out with a bang

Image copyright NASA Image caption Viewers were treated to a rare blood moon during the event

A partial lunar eclipse came to a close for the lucky few living in Europe, Africa and Australia on Monday night.

The total eclipse that took place on 15 April resulted in a red moon, the result of sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere.

This month’s partial eclipse will be the last in the UK for a few years. It is set to make a return between July and November.

In the UK, the eclipse was best seen between 22:30 BST and 25:24 BST, following the darkness for two hours from about 14:20 BST.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Observers on Australia’s south coast captured the blood moon on camera

The view was much the same across Europe, Africa and Australia.

On Thursday the total lunar eclipse will be visible across the globe. Only the extremely northern latitudes will be left out, with the UK , Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Poland, France, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Italy, and Sweden all set to get a glimpse.

The umbra, or shadow of the Earth, will be visible when the moon crosses over the top of the Earth’s shadow.

The total eclipse is the last of three total lunar eclipses in a row – the other two being in April, and September.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The eclipse was good viewing for observers in the north-east of Australia

Although the next lunar eclipse won’t be visible in the UK until the autumn, the date it will take place has yet to be decided, with most astronomers predicting it will be in either early to mid-October or early November.

Watch the eclipse in the video embedded below:

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