HUNDREDS of people in Taiwan have gathered to watch the lunar eclipse, as the UK waits to see the Blood Moon tonight.
Huge crowds gathered in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, to view the rare event which sees the Moon turn red. Some people had binoculars and telescopes to witness the stunning sight. A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth, Sun and Moon line up. The Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow, turning it red.
The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse precedes and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in the earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA.
Across the world, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, people will turn their eyes to the sky, hoping to see the blood moon, which appears orange, brown or crimson as sunlight is bent through the earth's atmosphere.
The fullest eclipse, at 2022 GMT, will be visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia and Australia.
“So it’s already going on, it will already be red when the moon rises at something like 8.50pm to 9.30pm depending on exactly where you are in the UK this evening.
Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge, said: "It's called a Blood Moon because the light from the Sun goes through the Earth's atmosphere on its way to the Moon, and the Earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the Sun goes down it goes red.”