Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Here's what the partial lunar eclipse looked like over Kent

Here's what the partial lunar eclipse looked like over Kent

Stargazers have witnessed a partial eclipse of the Moon on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 rocket.

The Apollo 11 mission blasted off from Florida on July 16, 1969 and saw the first humans touch down on the lunar surface.

Lunar eclipses happen when the full moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, and passes through the planet's shadow. Not only is this the final lunar eclipse for the year, but it's also the last time the Moon will enter the inner dark umbral shadow of the Earth for the remainder of this decade. During its peak, the moon should appear red or dark grey, and look like a bite of it has been eaten by the Earth.

Month's end's new moon is also called a black moon, because a new moon is not illuminated by the sun's rays, and it can be hard to see it.

According to DLR, the International Space Station ISS will also be visible above the partially eclipsed moon as a bright point of light in the sky. The penumbral coverage is expected to start tomorrow at 12:13 AM IST, while the umbral coverage is expected to start a little later at 1:31 AM IST. "Yeah, but have you ever SEEN that the Earth is round?" is a common refrain used by many a flat-earther, and you can, in fact see the curve of the Earth fall on the Moon during the partial phases of a lunar eclipse.

The partial eclipse was visible from many places across the world, with pictures being shared from Spain, Cyprus, Indonesia, Vienna, Australia and locations in the UK.

The partial lunar eclipse 2019 can be witnessed in regions of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.

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The Royal Astronomical Societyhas said anyone looking to get a good view should find a "low unobstructed horizon" without tall buildings and trees. At that time, Earth blocks most of the sunlight that would usually hit the moon, so that much of the moon is in Earth's shadow.

Due to the reddish colour, the moon is sometimes called a blood moon during a full eclipse.

What is a lunar eclipse? .

Roy Venkatesh has set a pretty impressive standard for awesome lunar eclipse photos.

According to the BBC, He said: "Unlike a solar eclipse it's entirely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye, so this one is fine".

In the early morning hours of July 21st, 1968, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.

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