Partial lunar eclipse coincides with 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission

A partial lunar eclipse would be visible on tuesday in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, eastern part of South America and western Australia on Tuesday, 16th July.

Coincidently the United States would mark the 50 year anniversary of the US Apollo 11 mission to the moon on 16th July. The Apollo 11 crew blasted off from Florida on 16th 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 lunar eclipse, some part of the moon passes through the darkest area of shadow behind the Earth.  About 60% of the Moon’s surface will appear red or dark grey at the height of the eclipse.

The eclipse will begin around 1.31 am (IST) and the greatest partial eclipse when the Moon will look the darkest will be around 3 am.

The event can be watched under the naked eye.

The next partial lunar eclipse is not expected until 19 November 2021.

The last total lunar eclipse which is often called as “super blood wolf moon” was visible in January this year.