Blood Moon 2018: Watch lunar eclipse from perfect spot in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 16:23 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 26 July 2018
An astronomy group has urged residents to witness this week's full lunar eclipse from the perfect spot in Welwyn Garden City.
The Moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth at 8.30pm on Friday, July 27, which will darken the Moon and turn it into a reddish colour.
Hertford Astronomy Group has chosen to watch it from King George V Playing Fields, off Beehive Lane, as it is an ideal location to see as close to the horizon as possible.
A spokesman for the group said: “On this occasion, when the eclipse reaches totality at 8:30pm, the Moon will still be below the horizon.
“It will not rise until 8:50pm, and at mid-eclipse at 9:20pm it will still only be 8º above the horizon.
“However, totality will continue for another hour, and after that we will see the edge of the Earth’s shadow as it moves off the face of the Moon.
“As the Moon will already be in eclipse when it rises, it may look redder than usual for an eclipse.”
Star gazers are in for a double treat as several planets will also be visible – including Venus, Jupiter, and around mid-eclipse Saturn and all its rings.
Mars will rise at around 10pm, when the sky will be getting darker.
The International Space Station will also pass over twice during the evening, at 9.30pm and 11.06pm.
The spokesperson added: “Of course, all this depends on clear skies, but we will have the use of the cricket pavilion for displays and talks.
“Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge, but places are limited so you need to register.”
To register email Jerry Stone via firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and how many people you will be bringing.
Residents can bring telescopes and binoculars, and will also be able to use equipment from society members.