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Blood Moon lunar eclipse 2022: When and where to see it

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The first lunar eclipse of the year is set to take place this weekend, turning the moon a deep, rusty shade of red.

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Known as a Blood Moon, the lunar eclipse should be visible across the UK, providing the weather conditions stay clear.

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The bad news is that you’ll have to get up extremely early to get the best view of it. 

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A lunar eclipse happens when the moon’s orbit moves in front of the Earth’s shadow, preventing the sun’s light from reaching it. 

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The moon has no light source of its own and simply reflects the light of the sun, so when Earth blocks this out, it won’t shine. 

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Although no sunlight is falling directly on the moon, light from the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets does illuminate it, giving it its ‘blood’ red appearance.

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