Let us review what we know about a lunar eclipse. We want you to be ready for the forthcoming lunar eclipse on July 17th. A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon goes behind Earth right into its shadow. This phenomenon usually takes place when the sun, moon, and Earth are lined up, Earth being positioned between the other two celestial bodies. This alignment is known as syzygy.
A moon eclipse takes place only when it is a full moon. During a lunar eclipse, most times than not, the moon has a red tint because the light reflected by the surface of the moon is the light refracted by our planet’s atmosphere. This is why a full lunar eclipse is known as a blood moon.
Unfortunately, this lunar eclipse will only be partial, so the moon is expected to have only a rosy tint instead of a crimson one. Different from a solar eclipse, which can be seen from quite a small region of the globe, you can see a moon eclipse from anywhere on the night side of our planet.
A partial lunar eclipse to take place on July 17th
Last but not least, a lunar eclipse can be seen without any eye protection or other safety measures. Even though we will not be able to see an impressive full lunar eclipse, we have to think about the fact that this partial lunar eclipse comes right on time for the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 mission.
Another coincidence is that “the moon is in a very similar phase to what it was during that time, so you can pretend you are back at the first landing ” declared Clare Kenyon, an astrophysicist at the University of Melbourne.
The lunar eclipse is scheduled to start around 6.00 a.m. AET and by 7.30 a.m. the moon will be slightly red-colored. Saturn will also be quite visible on the sky somewhere near Earth’s satellite. The eclipse is going to be better seen from Australia, Africa, South America, and most parts of Europe and Asia.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.