Partial lunar eclipse will be visible around the world TONIGHT

Mail Online | 6/4/2012 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A partial lunar eclipse is set to be visible across much of the world tonight if clear weather and conditions remain clear.

The event will be seen in the UK around 10pm BST and will also take place over much of Asia, Africa, eastern parts of South America, and the western parts of Australia.

Cent - Surface - Shadow - Earth - Sun

Around 60 per cent of the lunar surface will be obscured behind the shadow of Earth as the Sun, Earth and the moon align.

The event is particularly special for stargazers, as the date coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launching on its moon mission.

Lunar - Eclipse - Earth - Sun - Moon

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, sun, and moon are almost exactly in line and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

The moon is full, moves into the shadow of the Earth and dims dramatically but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere.

Eclipse - UK - Moon - Rise - BST

The eclipse can be seen in the UK from moon rise, which starts at approximately 9.07pm BST, until around 1.17am.

According to the Royal Astronomical Society, mid-eclipse is expected to take place at 10.30pm, when about 60 per...
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