Location: Truro, Cornwall, UK
Photographer: Rowena Castillo Nicholls
Videographer: Rob Nicholls
Sooo delighted to watch the Partial Lunar Eclipse this evening. The sky is clear. Saw a few planets, stars, satellites and planes. The world is really full of mystery.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission launch that put man on the Moon. The Apollo 11 mission carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off on 16 July 1969. Four days later Armstrong became the first man to step on to the Moon's surface.
During a partial eclipse, some - but not all - of the Moon passes through the darkest area of shadow behind the Earth, the central region called the umbra. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses between the Sun and Moon - casting a shadow on the lunar surface.
The lunar eclipse takes place between Tuesday July 16 and Wednesday July 17. The "maximum eclipse" will peak at 10.31pm UK time, so that's when you'll want to go outside and look skyward. The first stage of the eclipse, which is called the penumbral eclipsing, begins at 7.43pm UK time. Then the partial eclipsing finishes up at around 11pm, followed by the last stage – another penumbral eclipsing – at 1.17am.
Partial Lunar Eclipse