Blood Moon: Longest eclipse of 21st Century will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow

The moon will turn red and Mars will be shining brightly

Sam Matthews

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BLOOD MOON

The lunar event will be seen across Ireland and the UK and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere

A significant celestial event will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow night as the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth for 103 minutes, turning it a deep shade of red.

The eclipse will be the longest of the 21st Century so far. A 'Blood Moon' occurs when the moon lines up with the Earth and sun, with the Earth's atmosphere refracting the light onto the moon causing it to turn red.

It's also expected that Mars will be shining its brightest in 15 years.

The lunar event will be seen across Ireland and the UK and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere. It's thought that the best time to witness it here will roughly be between 9pm and 10.30pm. As with most such night-sky events, the best place to see it is out in the country away from lights.

WEATHER

Be warned though that the weather may not be ideal for skywatching, with Niall Dollard of kilkennyweather.com noting the that the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model has upped rain totals for Kilkenny tomorrow.

"This evening's rain will probably be a more hit or miss affair but Friday night likely to see higher totals," Niall Tweeted.

"Chart shows forecast rain totals for 24 hr period til noon Saturday puts KK in 20 to 30mm band."