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Eclipse 2018: UK Stargazers Have Blocked Blood Moon's View of Thunderstorms and Rain Clouds Science | news



After days of uninterrupted sunshine and cloudless skies, thunderstorms swept across Britain on Friday.

On Friday, around 80,000 lightning strikes were registered across the UK, obscuring what was arguably the longest moon event of the 21st century

Groups of people gathered in the UK, hoping to catch a glimpse of the red beauty.

Night owls on Primrose Hill, in northern London, were treated only to the light of the London skyline.

The lunar eclipse, which was estimated to be about 103 minutes, saw the "total" phase come to an end around 10:13 p.m., with the moon crossing the darkest shadow of the earth and taking on a red color.

But a gray layer of clouds spoiled any chance of catching a glimpse of most people in the UK: from Hampshire and Wiltshire in the south to Hull in East Yorkshire, Liverpool in the northwest, and Dublin in Ireland.

People Have Frustrated in Social Media [1

9659002] A user tweeted: "Britain has had clear, cloudless skies every day for two months.

" Tonight will be the rarely seen Bloodmoon Eclipse.

"It's cloudy and raining."

Another user was similarly disappointed, posting on the microblogging website: "Would you not know, weeks clear night sky, then tonight, cloud, cloud and more cloud."

Some Britons were happier than others and managed to spy on the moon

Grenadier guards stationed in Iraq exchanged images of soldiers observing a red-shimmering moon against a clear sky.

For the lucky ones and in contrast to a solar eclipse, the moon could be seen without a protective eye.

The next total lunar eclipse in the UK is expected on 19 January 2019.


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