Lunar eclipse marks Moon landing’s 50th anniversary

Thursday, 18 Jul, 2019

According to, a lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through Earth's shadow as it orbits on the opposite of the planet from the Sun.

More than 400,000 people worked on NASA's Apollo 11 mission, which launched on July 16, 1969 and put the first humans on the Moon four days later. It'll miss North America apart from the most eastern and southern components of the continent.

The eclipse will also be visible in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica regions, according to reports. Furthermore, the full moon will be visible for three nights, much to stargazers' delight.

So why was this eclipse a Half-Blood Moon lunar eclipse? "The Moon when it's low down does go quite red, a bit like when the Sun goes down it gets a bit red".

Provided there are clear skies, the eclipse can be seen in the United Kingdom from Moon rise, which begins between 21:00 and 22:00 BST depending on where you are. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow.

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be gray, rusty, brick-colored or blood-red.

Check TimeandDate to know exactly when to look up if you're within the zone that can see the lunar eclipse.

The moon dims dramatically but usually remains visible.

The whole of this eclipse is not visible from Dunedin; maximum eclipse takes place at 9.30am, which is about an hour after the moon has set.

The more dust in the atmosphere, the greater the effect - and with huge quantities of volcanic dust still pouring into the sky, this was an unusually dark blood-red partial lunar eclipse.

"The earth illuminated by the sun casts a shadow into space like a sunshade", explained the Association of Friends of the Stars (Vereinigung der Sternenfreunde) in Heppenheim, Hesse.

This is going to be the last lunar eclipse of 2019.

Take note, looking an eclipse of the moon is absolutely safe to view, so you won't need any special glasses or the like to catch this occurrence.

It will appear in the sky on the evening of 16 July.

The phenomenon will see the moon turning a shade of red...