Lunar eclipse will be visible on Merseyside tonight

Super Blood Moon over Leasowe on Wirral. Credit: Tom Munns & Sean Reed

The eclipse will be visible from Moon rise at 9:06pm (16 July) to 1:17am (17 July).

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) says the best time to see the eclipse will be about 22:30 when more than half of the Moon’s surface will appear red or dark grey.

The Moon leaves the darker shadow at midnight, and the eclipse ends when it exits the penumbra 79 minutes later.

The weather is expected to be clear overnight according to the Met Office so this should provide a clear view.

For stargazers having an eclipse on the 16 July 2019 is particularly special because it marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the US mission to put men on the Moon.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with Earth in the middle.

This alignment causes the Earth’s shadow to fall on the moon, creating the lunar eclipse

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