Apollo 11: Partial lunar eclipse due on 50th anniversary


What is a lunar eclipse?

Tonight's full moon is also known as a Thunder Moon for the early summer's frequent thunderstorms which typically hit North America during June and July.

The path of the Moon through the Earth's shadow on the night of July 16th, 2019.

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Earth will cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse.

The last total lunar eclipse - also know as a super blood wolf moon - visible in the county was in January.

"The moon is full, moves into the shadow of the Earth and dims dramatically but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere", the Royal Astronomical Society said in a release on Monday.

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You don't need any special equipment to see it, so just grab a couple of chairs, a blanket and a flask of tea and watch the natural spectacle unfold. There are also many superstitions followed for women who are pregnant during the lunar eclipse. Spend some time alone in quiet contemplation rather than throwing yourself onto an endless treadmill of life where you don't get a chance to think about anything much.

The July 16 eclipse will already have started when the moon rises at 8:59 pm, as the moon will be in the Earth's penumbra, or secondary shadow.

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Lunar eclipses are not eye-damaging.

If you want to photograph the next lunar eclipse, veteran astro-photographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre teamed up with Space.com and created this handy guide.

People in Asia, Africa, Australia, wide parts of Europe, the South East of North America, and the south of South America will be able to see the eclipse. From 4am onwards the shadow will begin to cover the moon's surface until more than half is covered around 7am. From the same source, the next total lunar eclipse will happen on 26 May 2021 whereas the next partial lunar eclipse happens on 19 November 2021. All four of the lunar eclipses in 2020 are penumbral.

Don't miss Tuesday night's partial lunar eclipse, either in person or online.