A partial lunar eclipse will take place this Tuesday July 16, 2019 and will be visible in a large part of Europe. This stardom of the stellar calendar marks the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, with a Neil Armstrong on board.
The lunar eclipse is a phenomenon much less rare than the solar eclipse but can still be spectacular. Contrary to popular belief, the Moon does not disappear but it takes, partially or totally, a reddish hue.
This is because the Earth is between it and the sun. Part of the rays of our star is then deflected by the Earth's atmosphere. The Moon is no longer illuminated by a white light and takes a particular shade that sometimes earns it the nickname "Blood Moon".
See: Apollo 11: 50 years ago, the Earth was picking up the moon
That of Tuesday will be only partial, but should still affect more than 60% of our natural satellite, this evening full moon. Moreover, the weather is generally on the side of those who would like to attend the show, with a clear sky expected in most parts of the country, with the exception of the Pyrenees, eastern France and the tip of Brittany.
However, to fully enjoy the show, it is always advisable to be in rural areas, to avoid light pollution in cities.
As for the schedules of the eclipse, they are rather accommodating. The phenomenon will start at 22h and will end at 23h. It is around 22:30 that the eclipse will reach its peak.
Only downside, the Moon is far enough from the Earth at this time of year and will not be particularly large in the sky.
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