Lunar observers foiled as thunderclouds obscure rare phenomenon for most of UK

Stargazers across the globe were treated to the longest celestial event of the 21st century on Friday as a lunar eclipse turned the moon bright red.

But UK-based astronomers were left disappointed because, after weeks of uninterrupted sunshine, thunderstorms and banks of cloud obscured the skies, dashing many people’s hopes of catching a glimpse of the “blood moon”.

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