Apollo 11: Partial lunar eclipse due on 50th anniversary

Representational image of lunar eclipse

Representational image of lunar eclipse

Partial lunar eclipse, as the name suggests, takes place when the shadow of Earth covers only a small part of the Moon and as a result, only a minor section of the Moon appears dark.

The event is particularly special for stargazers, as the date coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launching on its moon mission. North America will miss out on the view except for its most eastern points, like Nantucket, parts of ME and Nova Scotia. We will have to wait till May 26, 2021 for the next one when a total lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of the western U.S., Australia, western South America and southeast Asia, according to timeanddate.com.

For those in the northern hemisphere, the full moon remains low to the horizon at this time of year.

Lunar eclipses can only occur on the night of a full moon. This astronomical wonder is only possible when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are perfectly aligned.

According to NASA, an umbra of two-thirds of the Earth's surface is expected to fall on the Moon, which will form the "Greatest Eclipse".

In Germany the spectacle is most likely to be admired in the south, though there is a possibility it will be seen around the country depending on tonight's weather conditions, say meteorologists.

The BBC said that while there will be even more dramatic lunar shadows in some parts of the world, the United Kingdom will still witness a 65 percent eclipse.

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When that happens, a fraction of the moon's surface is covered by the darkest central part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra.

Of course, none of us will have the ultimate view from the lunar nearside, where you could see (with proper eye protection and a space suit) a partial or total solar eclipse.

And across Europe and the United Kingdom, the stunning sight appeared in the summer sky.

A total lunar eclipse was witnessed last on January 21.

The view of tonight's eclipse as seen from the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.

A few days after the launch, on July 21, people across the globe watched in amazement as Armstrong and Aldrin walked across the lunar surface, taking photos, collecting samples, planting a United States flag and taking a call from then-president Richard Nixon.