Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Half-Blood Thunder Moon partial lunar eclipse

Half-Blood Thunder Moon partial lunar eclipse

Your best chance of seeing the eclipse will be tonight, Tuesday, July 16, between 9pm and 10pm when the moon is rising.

How do I observe the partial lunar eclipse?

The eclipse action will be visible in Africa, most of Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and South America.

A partial lunar eclipse is when the Earth's shadow on the Moon covers only a part of it.

The partial phase will finish at 6:59 am (AWST) and the Moon will set at 7:22 am (AWST) while it is still in the second penumbral phase where the Moon moving out of the Earth's Penumbra.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, sun, and moon are nearly exactly in line and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

The Moon will enter the shadow on July 17th at around 12.12 am.

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This will be the last visible lunar eclipse until 2021 so it's worth the early rise.

How will the full moon and partial lunar eclipse impact the rest of my year?

During a partial eclipse, this alignment is slightly off, making it look as if a big chunk has been taken from the side of the moon. Then the Moon will enter umbra at around 1.31 am and the maximum eclipse will be seen at around at 3 am. However, researchers have made it clear that eating food or drinking water during Lunar Eclipse or Sonar Eclipse does not harm your health in any way.

Have you got "moon fatigue"?

The surface often appears red because the earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon and so the only light reflected off the surface has been refracted by the earth's atmosphere.

A lunar eclipse happens between two to five times a year with a total lunar eclipse occurring at least two every three years. Following that, it will once again transition into a penumbral eclipse at 4:29 AM IST which will finally end at 5:47 AM IST. However, it should be enough to tide you over until the next blood moon - not set to take place until December 31, 2028. During a full moon, the whole disk is lit up like a big, bright ball of awesome in the sky.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be seen by the naked eye without risk of damage. That's true for solar eclipses, as well as lunar eclipses, like the one that's happening on the 16th, Page explains.

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