Weather 'perfect for total eclipse'

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The stage is set for the most spectacular total eclipse of the moon in years.

For the first time in six years, thousands of people across Britain will be able to watch in wonder as the silvery full moon darkens and turns coppery red or orange.
The phenomenon occurs when the earth passes directly between the moon and the sun.
Light scattering through the earth's atmosphere is reduced to predominantly-red wavelengths, which reflect off the lunar surface.
In ancient times a "blood moon" was viewed with dread and seen as an omen of disaster or great change.
Rainy weather is expected to clear during the course of Saturday as a ridge of high pressure spreads up from the south-west.
Dramatic views of the eclipse, at its height from 10.24pm to 11.58pm, are promised almost everywhere in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
A spokesman for MeteoGroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Any cloud that's hanging around during the day should be melting away towards the evening.
"Large tracts of England and Wales will have no cloud at all by midnight. Conditions are perfect for a lunar eclipse, and I'd advise people to get outside with their binoculars." This year's lunar eclipse will be visible from the UK, Europe and Africa.

Saturday March 3, 09:49 AM
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Yep, hoping to get a couple of snaps of it. :)
 

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Looking good here in Scotland tonight....
 

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Perfectly clear here in the Borders :) Just at the distictly red tinged totality state
 

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Here in Portugal, moon it's red. great :p

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Clouds have spoiled the fun tonight, this is the best pic I got before the moon vanished... :(
 

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It was slightly hazy, but got a half way reasonable shot.
 

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Great sight. We watched all the stages as the moon was gradually blotted out before the colour change.
 

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Well
we went out for the evening visiting friends but we kept going into their back garden to have a look, that pic is very good Rolf, well I think so, I wish I had a tripod:cool:
 
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