'Blood moon' eclipse next month will be longest this century (and conspiracy fans think it’s the end of the world)

Rob Waugh
A full moon is seen before the start of a lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia January 31, 2018.
A full moon is seen before the start of a lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia January 31, 2018.

A spectacular lunar eclipse in July will see the moon passing into Earth’s shadow for nearly two hours – and bathed in the reddish light of a ‘blood moon’.

It’ll be visible from the UK, on July 27 from moonrise, Earthsky says.

It’ll last for more than an hour seen from the UK.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up, so the moon is in Earth’s shadow.

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This one is lasting longer than most, as the Moon will go into the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.

It’ll also have a reddish ‘blood moon’ colour.

The eclipse, which will last one hour and 43 minutes, will also feature a “blood moon”
The eclipse, which will last one hour and 43 minutes, will also feature a “blood moon”

Whenever there’s a blood moon, various doomsday preachers jump aboard predicting the end of the world – and this years’ is no exception.

Various Bible passages are cited to back this up, including one in the Book of Joel saying, ‘
The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.’

It’s all hogwash of course, based on doomsday prophecies about a supposed apocalypse in 2015, which never happened.