Skywatchers across much of the world may observe a partial lunar eclipse on Tuesday or early Wednesday, depending on where you are. The solar eclipse coincides with the 50th anniversary of the launch ofin which astronauts landed on the moon for the first time.
The celestial event will be visible to much of the world, but not to the US. The eclipse will be visible everywhere in Africa, in much of Asia, in the East of South America and in Western Australia. It will miss North America, except for the eastern and southern parts of the continent. The lastoccurred in January and the next partial lunar eclipse will occur only in November 2021.
Cosmically speaking, the eclipse falls on the same date when Apollo, five decades earlier 11, began his journey into history. The Saturn V rocket with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins flew out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 am on July 16, 1969, and four days later the man entered the moon for the first time.
What is a partial lunar eclipse?
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are almost exactly in line, and the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, the Royal Astronomical Society explains. The full moon moves into the shadows of the earth before darkening dramatically. It usually remains visible and is illuminated by sunlight through the Earth's atmosphere.
For observers here on Earth, the eclipsed part of the moon may appear blood red or dark gray.
When does the lunar eclipse start this evening?
Check TimeandDate to know exactly when you need to look up if you're in the zone where the lunar eclipse is visible. The Moon will rise at 21:07 CET in London (16:07 CET), with the maximum eclipse about one and a half hours later, at 17:30 CET. ET.
How to Watch the Partial Lunar Eclipse
If you are not in a location with a direct view of the partial lunar eclipse, the Royal Observatory Greenwich will broadcast a live feed of the event on Facebook Live can see below at 5pm ET. The Virtual Telescope Project will also share a live stream of the lunar eclipse over the skyline of Rome.