A lunar eclipse and red moon is set to be visible for hours across the UK tonight.

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses the path between the Sun and Moon, casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

From the UK, the eclipse should kick off between 9pm and 10pm and according to the Royal Astronomical Society, mid-eclipse is expected to take place at 10.30pm, when about 60 percent of the visible surface of the Moon will be covered by the umbra.

The event is particularly special for stargazers, as the date coincides with the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 launching on its Moon mission.

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