AMAZING pictures show the half-blood moon over the UK this evening on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission launch.
The stunning shots of the red lunar eclipse come five decades on from the night astronauts set off to put a man on the moon for the first time.
The moon rises over London, as viewed from Primrose hill, as a partial lunar eclipse is occurring[/caption]
The London skyline sits underneath the bright red moon this evening[/caption]
Some sunlight is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, making the Moon appear reddish – hence the name ‘Blood Moon’[/caption]
The partial eclipse rising above historic Shurland Hall in Eastchurch, Kent[/caption]
A 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 moon is full, moves into the shadow of the Earth and dims dramatically but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.
The UK is almost in the perfect position to view it, with the “maximum eclipse” having peaked at 10.31pm UK time, after starting at 7.43pm.
It will finish up at around 11pm, followed by the last stage – another penumbral eclipsing – at 1.17am.
The moon rises over a boat moored off of Avon beach in Mudeford, Dorset[/caption]
It’s visible above London on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launching on its moon mission[/caption]
The view of the partial lunar eclipse from Primrose Hill in London[/caption]
The entire event will last for around five hours across the time-zones where the eclipse is visible.
“You’re looking for anywhere that has a low unobstructed horizon, no tall buildings and trees in the way,” said Dr Morgan Hollis from the Royal Astronomical Society.
“Unlike a solar eclipse it’s entirely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye, so this one is fine, you don’t need any special equipment and it should be fairly warm as well, given temperatures recently, it should be good if the weather is clear and the conditions are clear.”
The event will also take place over much of Europe, Asia, Africa, eastern parts of South America, and the western parts of Australia.
What is a lunar eclipse?
Here's what you need to know…
The Earth is constantly rotating around the Sun, and the Moon is constantly rotating around the Earth.
Sometimes all three can align, placing the Earth directly between the Sun and the Moon in a straight line.
It means the Moon is in the darkest part of Earth’s shadow – the “umbra”.
And due to convenient sizing and distancing of all three objects, no sunlight can directly reach the Moon.
However, some sunlight is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, making the Moon appear reddish – hence the name “Blood Moon”.
Lunar eclipses typically last just a few hours, and can be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth.
Because they’re typically quite dim, it’s also possible to view lunar eclipses without eye protection, which isn’t the case with a solar eclipse.
There are three different types of lunar eclipse:
- Total lunar eclipse – This is where the Moon turns deep red, receiving only light that’s passed through Earth’s atmosphere.
- Penumbral lunar eclipse – This is when the Sun, Moon and Earth fail to form a perfect straight line, so the Moon only travels through the outer part of Earth’s shadow. This means the Moon’s surface is partly darkened.
- Partial lunar eclipse – This is when part of the Moon travels through Earth’s full shadow, which results in part of the Moon being darkened.
Blood Moon dates – when is the next lunar eclipse?
Don’t panic if you’ve miss today’s lunar eclipse – there are plenty of Blood Moons still to come.
Here are the best Blood Moons to look out for over the next 10 years, according to Nasa:
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – January 10, 2020
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – June 5, 2020
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – July 5, 2020
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – November 30, 2020
- Total Lunar Eclipse – May 26, 2021
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – November 19, 2021
- Total Lunar Eclipse – May 16, 2022
- Total Lunar Eclipse – November 8, 2022
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – May 5, 2023
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – October 28, 2023
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – March 25, 2024
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – September 18, 2024
- Total Lunar Eclipse – March 14, 2025
- Total Lunar Eclipse – September 7, 2025
- Total Lunar Eclipse – March 3, 2026
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – August 28, 2026
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – February 20, 2027
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – July 18, 2027
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – August 17, 2027
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – January 12, 2028
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – July 6, 2028
- Total Lunar Eclipse – December 31, 2028
- Total Lunar Eclipse – June 26, 2029
- Total Lunar Eclipse – December 20, 2029
- Partial Lunar Eclipse – June 15, 2030
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – December 9, 2030
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Full moon rises over Camlica Mosque at the evening hours in Istanbul, Turkey[/caption]
People stand in front of their telescopes as they gather to wait for the partial lunar eclipse over Vienna[/caption]
The moon shines in the sky of Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain[/caption]
A bright full moon rises over Istanbul, Turkey, this evening[/caption]
The partial eclipse over Berlin in Germany 50 years after the Apollo 11 launch[/caption]
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