Other parts of the globe were luckier and for about half the world, the moon was partly or full in the Earth’s shadow from 6.14pm until 12.28am.
|An effect created on the slow shutter speed showing the the moon turn red during the lunar eclipse, in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India(Picture EPA)|
It wasn’t just the UK that was left disappointed after a blanket of grey spoiled any chance of a glimpse.
Widespread monsoon rainstorms and thick clouds hid the moon across much of India and its neighbours, which should have had a prime view. Parts of Kashmir managed to see it.
Social media users were quick to post sarcastic tweets about how great their view of the celestial event was, with many bemoaning the fact that skies had been clear for weeks only to cloud up on Friday.
|Indonesian Muslims pray as a lunar eclipse is projected on a screen at Al-Akbar mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia (Picture: Antara Foto)|
However take heart as it is not too long until the next one.
The next total lunar eclipse in the UK will take place on January 19 2019. It was the longest ‘blood moon’ this century and coincided with Mars’ closes approach in 15 years. Mars appeared unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.
|The UK was left disappointed…Clouds obscure the view for people gathered to see the ‘blood moon’ in London (Picture: AP)|
The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth’s shadow – so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.
When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇