Skywatchers gearing up to catch a glimpse of a ‘super blood wolf moon’ will need to rise early tomorrow – but the spectacular eclipse may be ruined by clouds.
Cloudy weather threatens to block the view of the eclipse in Britain when the moon turns a striking colour of red.
It is set to be the last total eclipse until 2029 – where the Earth passes between the sun and the moon – provided that the sky remains clear on Monday morning.
And spectators will need to rise early, with the best view set to happen at 5.12am GMT in the UK when the moon will appear its most red.
The clearest views in the UK are likely to be across the far south east, or over many northern and western parts, the Met Office said.
The optimum viewing time is around 5.12am, with the maximum eclipse coming as the moon is completely submerged within the Earth’s shadow.
Astronomers are particularly interested in this year’s blood moon, which will hang in skies above the northern hemisphere, as it is the last of its kind for two years.
‘We’re going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years,’ explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.