Lunar eclipse visible from the UK
During next week's eclipse, totality is scheduled to last for around 50 minutes, but will sadly be at a very anti-social time of the morning. A partial eclipse, where the leading edge of Moon first enters Umbra, will begin at 01:43am on Feb 21 and end a few hours later at 05:09am. The total eclipse (all of the Moon in the Umbra) starts at 03:01am and ends at 03:51am, with the moment of greatest eclipse occuring at 03:26am.
For those still out on half-term, it many be worthwhile staying up late (or waking early) to get a glimpse of this extraordinary event, but remember to wrap up warm because it's going to be cold out there. Lunar eclipses do not require any special equipment to observe, and are therefore ideal for all astronomy enthusiasts. However, if you can borrow some binoculars you will be able to magnify the view and watch shadows racing across the surface of the Moon.