Skywatchers in a lot of the world can witness a partial lunar eclipse on Tuesday or early Wednesday, relying on the place you might be. The eclipse coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launch which first landed astronauts on the moon.
The celestial event will likely be seen for a lot of the globe, however, not within the U.S., the eclipse will probably be seen throughout Africa, a lot of Asia, the eastern part of South America and Western Australia. It’ll miss North America apart from the most eastern and southern components of the continent. The last total lunar eclipse occurred in January, and the following partial lunar eclipse will not occur until November 2021.
In a cosmic coincidence, the eclipse falls on the identical date when, five decades earlier, Apollo 11 started its voyage into historical past. The Saturn V rocket carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — and four days later, man first set foot on the moon.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, sun, and moon are almost exactly in line and the moon is on the other side of the Earth from the sun, explains the Royal Astronomical Society. The full moon strikes into Earth’s shadow before dimming dramatically. It often stays visible, lit by daylight that passes through Earth’s atmosphere.
For observers right here on Earth, the eclipsed part of the moon might appear as blood red or dark gray.