Fancy doing something different this weekend?
Then you should check out the double celestial event happening on Friday night.
You'll be able to see a total lunar eclipse and blood moon over Ireland for a couple of hours.
A "blood moon" can be seen during a lunar eclipse when the Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light which would normally reflect back of the moon.
According to Space.com, some of the light bends around the Earth's atmosphere which then falls on the surface of the moon. However, the shortwave blue and green colours are filtered out by the Earth's air giving the moon its reddish hue. The is known as Raleigh Scattering.
Here's how to see the lunar eclipse and blood moon on Friday night.
According to timeanddate.com, you'll be able to see the double event most clearly between 10:13 pm and 12:28 am.
This will be the largest eclipse of the 21st century.
As the moon will be near the horizon, you should go to a high and unobstructed East to Southeast viewing point and make sure it's an open space free of light pollution so you can get the best view of the eclipse.
Perfect for a date that's out of the ordinary...