See the Lunar Eclipse, Planets and Space Station on 27th July 2018

Friday 27th July 2018 is set to be an awesome date for astronomy with a number of astronomical events taking place during the evening and throughout the course of the night including the appearance of a “blood moon”, three awesome planets to observe through a telescope and a bright pass of the International Space Station. We detail these events below, how best you can see each of them and where you might go if you’d like to join an official event run by astronomers. For further updates and notifications follow us on Facebook

Lunar Eclipse

The full moon will rise during the evening appearing a dull red colour due to it being eclipsed by Earth’s shadow (umbra), an event also known as a “blood moon”… Due to it being summertime the skies will not be very dark at the time of the eclipse which will make the blood moon appear fainter however it’s still likely to be an awesome spectacle and well worth looking out for, such opportunities do not come along that often!

The time that the moon rises depends slightly on your location in the United Kingdom with observers in the South of England seeing the moon rise approximately 20 minutes before those in the North of England. All times below are given in British Summer Time.

South of England times:
20:50pm the full moon begins to rise from the South East appearing red in colour
21:21pm is the time of maximum eclipse when the moon will appear at it’s deepest red
22:13pm total eclipse ends moon starts to lose it’s red colour

North of England times:
21:10pm the full moon begins to rise from the South East appearing red in colour
21:41pm is the time of maximum eclipse when the moon will appear at it’s deepest red. 22:33pm total eclipse ends moon starts to lose it’s red colour

It’s well worth making plans in advance as to where you might see this from. The best locations are those with a clear South Easterly horizon without trees or buildings in the way so that you can see the moon as soon as it rises, perhaps up on a hill or anywhere along the East coast. Photographers might consider having terrestrial objects in view (e.g. buildings, trees, people) which will make the sight even more impressive due to the moon illusion.

Jupiter, Saturn and Mars

Once the moon starts losing its red colour and as the skies begin to darken the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will become visible towards the South, all of which are well worth observing if you have a telescope. See the cloud bands on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and the polar ice caps on Mars!

Mars at its brightest

The planet Mars reaches “opposition” in the early hours of the 27th July, this the time when it is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth and therefore at its brightest. This means that during early hours of the 28th July the planet will be incredibly bright and thus makes for a great opportunity to observe Mars — the best time being 01:15am when it reaches its highest point in the sky due South.

International Space Station

Also on Friday 27th July 2018 the space station will be making a bright pass over the UK. The graphic below shows the path it will take across the sky as a white line (as seen from North East England) with the space station passing by the bright star Altair just seconds after 23:00 — note that the further South you are the higher in the sky it will be — use one of the many mobile apps to find out its exact path from where you are.

Stargazing events on Friday 27th July 2018

The map shows stargazing events that are taking place on the evening of the “blood moon” lunar eclipse.

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Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting

Woodchurch Memorial Hall, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB

Regular "last Friday of the month" meeting of the Ashford Astronomical Society with presentation / talk and observing afterwards (weather permitting).

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Lunar Eclipse Night with York Astronomical Society

Beetle Bank Farm, Murton, YO19 5XD

See the lunar eclipse in the company of astronomers from York Astronomical Society. Enjoy a presentation on the moon and planets before observing the "blood moon" rising above the horizon. Also on show are the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars all...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group Monthly Meeting

Delamere Forest Park - Forestry Commission, Northwich, CW8 2JD

Join members of the Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group for their regular monthly group meetings in Delamere Forest.   Enjoy a talk or presentation, chat over a cuppa and stargazing / observing if weather permits. We have heard there will be biscuits...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Old Brickyard Star Club

Old Brickyard Tea Garden, Scalford, LE14 4ST

Everyone is invited to come along to the Old Brickyard Star Club for this one of their regular monthly meetings which take place on the last Friday of each month from September through to May. The location is a perfect escape from the bright city...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosliston Astronomy Group Meeting

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Swadlincote, DE12 8JX

Join members of Rosliston Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting to include a talk on an astronomical topic and observing afterwards. Nominal charge for visitors who are very welcome, plus a small charge for the car park.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory.Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Vectis Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting

Newchurch Observatory, Newchurch, PO36 0LX

Join members of the Vectis Astronomical Society for their monthly meeting. The event includes a presentation, refreshments and guide to the night sky. Should the skies be clear the observatory will be opened for observing and stargazing.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society Meeting

Bredhurst Village Hall, Bredhurst, ME7 3JZ

Join the members of Mid-Kent Astronomical Society for this one of their regular meetings including an astronomical presentation and an observing session if weather permits. Members of the public are welcome to attend free for their first visit with...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:45pm to 21:30pm

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory - All Welcome!

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory, Chesterfield, S41 8RH

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly and enthusiastic members of Chesterfield Astronomical Society at this one of their weekly Friday night observatory open evenings! There is no need to book for this casual stargazing session -- just pop in if...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse 2018 at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Join astronomers at the Astronomy Centre for a special event observing the "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse from their observatory.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse and Planet Mars at Herstmonceux

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux will be opening its observatory doors this evening for extra special views of the lunar eclipse and also the planet Mars which will be shining brightly due to it's closest approach to Earth for 15 years!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to Saturday 28th July 2018 01:00am

Lunar Eclipse at Par Beach

Par Beach Picnic Area, St Blazey, PL24 2AR

The Friends of Par Beach in association with the Roseland Observatory are organising a special event to see the lunar eclipse from the picnic area at Par Beach. See the "blood moon" rising along with the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars on the same...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Eclipse at the Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn for this extra special astronomical event. See the full moon rise coloured deep red due to the effect of Earth's shadow being cast upon it! It's sure to be an awesome spectacle!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Eclipse Night at Lime Tree Observatory

Lime Tree Observatory, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Learn about Lunar eclipses and, weather permitting, see one for yourself at this special event celebrating the "Blood Moon". Booking essential!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:30pm

Lunar Eclipse Party at St Martin's Island Hall

COSMOS Observatory, St Martins, TR25 0QN

Observe the lunar eclipse with astronomers from COSMOS paying small fee on the door to help towards the construction of their community observatory!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Eclipse viewing from Faringdon Folly Tower

Faringdon Folly Tower, Faringdon, SN7 7AQ

Members of the local Faringdon Astronomy social group will be observing the lunar eclipse on the evening of 27th July 2018. There will also be an opportunity to have a look at Jupiter, Saturn & Mars. Taking place as part of "FollyFest 2018" this...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:30pm

See the Lunar Eclipse at Breckland Observatory

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Join astronomers from Breckland Astronomical Society for this special event to see the "Blood Moon" rising -- the observatory will be open from 20:00pm until late.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:30pm

See the Lunar Eclipse from Wynyard Planetarium

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Everyone is welcome to join astronomers from the Teeside Astronomy Science Centre at Wynyard for this free event observing the lunar eclipse "Blood Moon". Also on show will be four planets (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars) all of which will look...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Spectacular Stargazing with Plymouth Astro Society

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from Plymouth Astronomical Society for this extra-special stargazing event timed to coincide with the lunar eclipse. See the "blood moon" rise from Wembury Beach mid-evening and stay on until late to see a...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to Saturday 28th July 2018 01:00am

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Total Lunar Eclipse viewing with Luton Astronomical Society

Stopsley Common - Luton, Luton, LU2 7XP

Join members from Luton Astronomical Society for this free public event observing the lunar eclipse from Stopsley Common. Members will also have their telescopes on hand giving opportunity to see the planets including Jupiter and Saturn as well as...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse 2018 with the Monkton Stargazers

Thanet Observatory, Monkton, CT12 4LH

See the "Blood Moon" in the company of the Monkton Stargazers at their observatory in the grounds of Monkton Nature Reserve.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse and Planets at Kenley Observatory

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Join astronomers from Croydon Astronomical Society for this special event observing the lunar eclipse and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars from their Kenley Observatory. Note that there is no parking onsite, so please park in Hayes Lane, Kenley...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse at Dunwich Beach

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Dunwich, IP17 3DJ

Members of the public are invited to join astronomers from DASH Astronomical Society for this public observing session at Dunwich Heath and Beach. See the "blood moon" lunar eclipse rise above the sea and observe the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse observing with North Wales Astronomy Society

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from the North Wales Astronomy Society for this public event observing the lunar eclipse.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse Picnic

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

See the lunar eclipse with members of Fordingbridge Astronomical Society at Hyde Common... Everyone welcome, bring some chairs and a picnic to enjoy views of the red moon, summer constellations and see Venus, Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse with Worthing Skywatchers

Goring Gap, Worthing, BN12 4XQ

Join the Worthing Skywatchers (public facing side of the Worthing Astronomers) for this outreach event observing the lunar eclipse as well as the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Note that this event was previously scheduled to take place on...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Public Eclipse Watch with Hertford Astronomy Group

King George V Playing Fields, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4BW

Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group to watch the total eclipse of the Moon.The moon will rise at 8:50 already in eclipse and reach mid-eclipse at 9:20, though it will still only be 8º above the horizon. Totality will last until 10:15,...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Total Lunar Eclipse at Blunham

Blunham Playing Fields, Blunham, MK44 3ND

See the lunar eclipse with members of Bedford Astronomical Society / Bedfordshire Astrophotography at this public event.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to Saturday 28th July 2018 01:00am

Total Lunar Eclipse at the Herschel Museum

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath, BA1 2BL

See the lunar eclipse from the fantastic location of the Herschel Museum in Bath at this special evening event.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:00pm

Astronomy in the Pub - Lunar Eclipse

The Wheatsheaf - Braishfield, Braishfield, SO51 0QE

Join astronomers from Test Valley Astronomical Society for this free stargazing event (donations welcome!). See the lunar eclipse, Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. This event is weather dependent so do check with the organisers beforehand!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse at Letchworth Observatory

Letchworth Observatory, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN

Members of the public are invited to observe the lunar eclipse with astronomers from Letchworth and District Astronomical Society from their Letchworth Observatory at Standalone Farm. Also on show will be the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars as...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse at Rhossili

Rhossili Car Park, Middleton, SA3 1PP

See the lunar eclipse with experienced Astronomers from Dark Sky Wales from the wonderful scenic surroundings of the Gower coast.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse observing from Blackheath

Blackheath Common, London, SE3 0TX

Join astronomers from Flamsteed Astronomy Society for this free public observing session on Blackheath who will be meeting just North of Talbot Place at 9pm.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

See the Lunar Eclipse and Planets from Bexhill Promenade

The Old Bathing Hut Cafe - Bexhill Promenade, Bexhill, TN40

Bexhill Promenade is a perfect location from which to see the "blood moon" rising as well as the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Event starts with a short introductory talk. Free of charge and no booking required! Just turn up at The Old...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

See the Lunar Eclipse at Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas Giant Viewpoint, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JX

Astronomers will be gathering at the Cerne Abbas car park to view the lunar eclipse and view the planets on the evening of the 27th July from 9pm with members of the public very welcome to join them!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:30pm

See the Lunar Eclipse at Whitby

Captain Cook Monument - Whitby, Whitby, YO21 3HA

Join the members of Whitby & District Astronomical Society for this special event observing the lunar eclipse. See the blood moon rising over beautiful scenery of the harbour and East cliff just adjacent to the Captain Cook statue. Also observe...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 with Highlands Astronomical Society

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

See the lunar eclipse with the friendly and expert astronomers from Highlands Astronomical Society who will be opening their observatory to the public for this special astronomical event including observing the planets Jupiter and Saturn through...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:00pm


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