A beautiful alignment of the Moon, Sun and Earth will result in a partial lunar eclipse next week. A partial eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow bites into the glowing face of the moon, without obscuring it completely. The eclipse follows a total eclipse of the Sun visible on July 2 on South America. And if you need a good reason to see the eclipse next week, it will be the last lunar eclipse of the year.
When is the lunar eclipse of July?
The lunar eclipse will arrive exactly two weeks after the entire 2nd of July.
In the astronomical movements of the sky, lunar eclipses generally follow eclipses of the sun in the space of a fortnight.
This means that the lunar eclipse will culminate on the night of July 16th.
NASA, the US space agency, expects the eclipse to peak at 22:31 (23:31) or 21:31 UTC.
It is interesting to note that July 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 rocket.
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Where will be visible the lunar eclipse?
The last lunar eclipse, on January 21st of this year, has crossed vast expanses of the globe, including the two Americas, part of northern Siberia and western Europe.
This time, the partial eclipse will cross most of Africa, the Middle East and parts of India.
Parts of Europe, such as Norway and the United Kingdom, will have to wait until the sun rises to see the eclipse.
The whole of North America will miss the event.
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At what time will the eclipse be visible in the UK?
A lunar eclipse goes through several stages, starting and ending with a household eclipse.
Each step depends on how much shadow the earth falls on the moon.
Here in the United Kingdom, seen from London, the household eclipse and the beginning of the partial eclipse will occur below the horizon.
Then, around 22:30 BST (21:31 UTC), the eclipsed moon will reach its peak in the night sky.
The partial eclipse will end around 23:59 (22:59) and the eclipse of the penumbra will end around 1:17 (Paris time).
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What's a partial eclipse of the moon?
During a lunar eclipse, the Moon plunges into the shadow of the Earth projected by the Sun.
If the three bodies align completely, the Moon will disappear entirely in the darkest shadow or shadow of the Earth.
If the moon only partially enters the shadows, we see a partial eclipse of the moon.
Sometimes, the moon passes through the weakest shadow of the moon or the penumbra, resulting in a penumbra eclipse.
Twilight eclipses are usually not discernible from a regular moon in the heavens.
The NASA space agency said: "Throughout the year, the orbital tilt of the Moon remains fixed with respect to the stars, which means that it changes with respect to the Sun.
"About twice a year, the Moon is in the right position to cross the Earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse.
"When the Moon passes into the central part of the Earth's shadow, called" Shadow ", it darkens dramatically."