Partial Lunar Eclipse Falls On Apollo 11 Anniversary
Photo by Rob Harris
A Partial Lunar Eclipse is in progress coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launching its mission to the Moon.
What a surprise as the full Buck Moon is now progressing into a Partial Lunar Eclipse. This happens when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Full Moon, but are not exactly aligned. This means that only part of the Moon's surface that is visible moves into the dark part of the Earth's shadow.
Partial Lunar Eclipses do not occur every time there is a full moon, because of the inclination of the Moon's orbital plane.
The next Partial Lunar Eclipse will not be until 18-19 November 2021.
Jupiter and Saturn can also be seen tonight.