Blood moon: total lunar eclipse on 21 January

Total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, will be the only one in 2019.

A total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, will be visible over Rome at 05.41 on Monday 21 January.

The total eclipse will last for just over an hour, with the spectacle ending at 06.43. It will also be possible to view the event in live streaming via the Virtualtelescope, available from 04.30 on 21 January.

During a total lunar eclipse, the earth moves between the sun and the moon, cutting off the moon's light supply. When this happens the moon's surface assumes a reddish glow instead of going completely dark.

The 21 January eclipse will be the only one of its kind in 2019. The last total lunar eclipse was on 27 July 2018.