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When is the next lunar eclipse visible in the UK and how is a blood moon different from a solar eclipse?

TONIGHT is the first penumbral lunar eclipse of the year, taking place around 7pm this evening.

But when is the next full lunar eclipse and what's the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse? Here's all you need to know.

 While you will have to wait for the next solar eclipse, there is a lunar eclipse on September 16 this year
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While you will have to wait for the next solar eclipse, there is a lunar eclipse on September 16 this yearCredit: Getty Images

When will the next lunar eclipse be seen in the UK?

An eclipse occurs when the  moon appears darkened as it passes into the Earth's shadow, with Earth being located between the moon and the sun.

The last total lunar eclipse seen in the UK took place on January 21, 2019.

It was referred to as a Super Wolf Blood Moon - because it was a supermoon, a total eclipse and a full moon, with the given name Wolf.

The next lunar eclipse visible in the UK will take place on May 16, 2022.

The Moon will start to enter the Earth’s shadow just after 2.30am BST and the full eclipse will occur just before 4.30am.

 The next solar eclipse witnessed in the UK will be on June 10, 2021, although it will just be a partial eclipse
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The next solar eclipse witnessed in the UK will be on June 10, 2021, although it will just be a partial eclipseCredit: Reuters

When can the next solar eclipse be seen in the UK?

The next one we are scheduled to see in the UK will be on June 10, 2021, although it will just be a partial eclipse.

It will take place over Britain ranging from a 20 per cent eclipse in northern Scotland to a 30 per cent eclipse in South East England.

 

 

What's the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun, and the Earth's shadow obscures the moon or a portion of it.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or a portion of the Sun.

There are four penumbral lunar eclipses in 2020.

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