Partial Lunar Eclipse Will be Visible for Most of the World — Just Not the U.S. — on 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Mission

A partial lunar eclipse could be visible from the UK on Tuesday, 50 years to the day since the US mission to put men on the Moon lifted off.

Up to 60% of the Moon’s surface will appear red or dark grey at the height of the eclipse at about 22:30 BST, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) said.

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses between the Sun and Moon – casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

The Apollo 11 crew blasted off from Florida on 16 July 1969.

The voyage ended four days later when US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on to the Moon’s surface.

During a partial eclipse, some – but not all – of the Moon passes through the darkest area of shadow behind the Earth, the central region called the umbra.

On Tuesday, astronomers forecast the Moon to leave this darker shadow at about midnight.

With clear skies, the eclipse can be seen in the UK from Moon rise, which begins between 21:00 and 22:00 BST depending on where you are.

According to BBC Weather there will be some cloud in central and eastern parts of England, which will increase across Scotland and Northern Ireland, but there should be clear skies which mean most of the UK will get to see the eclipse.

It will end at approximately 01:17 BST when the Moon exits the Earth’s lighter shadow, called the penumbra, RAS said.

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