The low altitude of the Moon during the eclipse will also make it difficult to see the eclipsed Moon unless the sky happens to be exceptionally clear in the appropriate direction, which is towards the south-east. On the other hand, with clear skies such a rising eclipsed Moon can provide a wide range of interesting photo opportunities, with a dark or copper-red Moon silhouetted against different landscapes, buildings or other suitably photogenic backgrounds.
Every total lunar eclipse is different, and given the right weather conditions is well-worth observing. Each provides a different and unique visual experience. And even if it is cloudy, you can still admire how dark it becomes during the short period of totality before the Moon returns to full brightness. If it is clear, the changing visual appearance of the Moon during the different phases of the eclipse can often provide stargazers with great photo-opportunities.
The conditions for this eclipse provide the following timings for Belfast: Moonrise (21:26 BST), which is already during totality; Maximum Eclipse (21:21 BST), which occurs a few minutes before moonrise; End of Totality (22:13 BST), which occurs when the Moon is less than 5 degrees above the horizon; and End of the Partial Eclipse phase (23:19 BST), when the Moon is about 10 degrees above the horizon.
However, people should be aware that any cloud, haze or mist lying close to the horizon may make it very difficult to seen the eclipsed Moon around moonrise, and so it may be very difficult to see this particular eclipse at all. 781b155fdc