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Happen to be in Europe, Africa, Asia or Australia on Tuesday night, July 16th with clear skies? If the July weather cooperates, you’ll have a good view of a fine partial lunar eclipse, the final lunar eclipse for 2019.
This eclipse marks the end of eclipse season 2 of 3 for 2019, which began with the total solar eclipse that crossed South America on July 2nd. Not only is this the final lunar eclipse for the year, but it’s also the last time the Moon will enter the inner dark umbral shadow of the Earth for the remainder of this decade.
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Unlike a solar eclipse, you just need to be on the correct hemisphere of the Earth to see a lunar eclipse. The Earth’s umbra at the Moon’s distance is about three times the Moon’s apparent size. At it’s maximum, the Moon will be about 65% covered. Partial phases for the July 16th eclipse last 2 hours, 57 minutes and 56 seconds, while the entire eclipse including penumbral phases will last at total of 5 hours, 33 minutes and 43 seconds in duration.
The visibility footprint for the July 16th partial lunar eclipse. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Fred Espenak.
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From Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe, the partial lunar eclipse will occur high in the sky, and you’ll see the complete event. South America, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia will see the eclipse underway at sunset during moonrise, good for catching the eclipse along with background objects on the horizon. Eastern Asia and Australia will see the eclipse transpire during the early morning hours at moonset, near local sunrise.
Key times for the partial lunar eclipse in Universal Time (UT) to the nearest minute are as follows:
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This particular eclipse is member 22 of the 81 eclipses in lunar saros series 139. This particular saros got underway...
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