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The stage is set tonight 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.

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A dark red shadow crept across the moon, leaving only a silver, crescent-shaped sliver as a total lunar eclipse began late Saturday.
Around the world, amateur stargazers and astronomers watched the first total lunar eclipse in three years. Partly visible on every continent, residents of Europe, Africa and the Middle East will have the best view, weather permitting.

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The Earth's shadow has started to cover the moon - the beginning of the first total lunar eclipse in 2 years.
Stargazers in eastern parts of Canada and the United States, as well as those in Africa, Europe and much of Asia, should have the best view.
The eclipse began at around 4:30 p.m. ET, with the moon expected to be fully covered around 5:45.
The eclipse should last about 74 minutes before the moon begins to re-appear, with the moon completely visible shortly after 8 p.m. ET.

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Stargazers in Edinburgh are set for a great view of the most spectacular total eclipse of the moon in years.
Weather forecasters predict the east of Scotland should enjoy clear skies for the celestial event, which will see the full moon turn coppery red or orange.

"The eclipse will last a couple of hours so you don't need a completely clear sky to see it. A short break in the clouds will be enough. The great thing about a lunar eclipse is that it's really easy to see. You don't need a telescope to find the moon. You can watch from your bedroom window, or by taking a walk down the street. It's that simple" - Dan Hillier, visitor centre manager at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

Dramatic views of the eclipse, at its height from 10.24pm to 11.58pm, are promised almost everywhere in the UK.
The phenomenon occurs when the Earth passes directly between the Moon and the Sun.
In ancient times a "blood moon" was viewed with dread and seen as an omen of disaster.

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Skywatchers eagerly awaiting Saturday's total lunar eclipse say that the spectacle could be the "best in years".
The eclipse begins at 20:18 GMT, with the Moon totally immersed in the shadow of the Earth between 22:44 and 23:58 GMT.
During "totality", only light that has been filtered through the Earth's atmosphere reaches the Moon's surface, making it appear a reddish colour.

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Astronomers are inviting the public to join them to view a total eclipse of the moon on Saturday night. The eclipse will begin at 9.31pm, when the moon begins its entry into the deepest part of Earth's shadow. The last total lunar eclipse visible from the UK was on October 24, 2004, and the next is due on February 21, next year. Members of Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at Holbeck Clock Tower, at the southern end of Scarborough's Esplanade from 9pm until midnight.
The public are invited to observe the event, weather permitting. At about 2.30am on Friday, the planet Saturn will disappear behind the moon for 20 minutes.

"Through a small telescope the event will be truly spectacular if the skies are clear, and will give budding astro-photographers a unique opportunity to photograph Saturn with its beautiful system of rings disappearing behind the rugged, cratered southern uplands of the moon" - John Harper, president of the astronomical society.

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