Tuesday 16 July 2019

Lunar Eclipse on the 50th Anniversary of the Launch of APOLLO 11

THE STAR Johannesburg - 1935, 16 July
Interesting to notice that tonight's PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE happens on the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the LAUNCH OF APOLLO 11 to land astronauts on the moon, and to read that on the same date in 1935 there was a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE visible in South Africa.

Tonight, a PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE will be visible in South Africa from 11:30 pm to 1 am. A PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE happens when the EARTH’S SHADOW covers only PARTS OF THE MOON. The FULL MOON, in SAGITTARIUS, will pass partway through the southern part of the Earth's shadow resulting in a partial lunar eclipse. This event favors the Eastern Hemisphere, known as the "Old World": Africa, Europe and western Asia. There are no other locations on earth where the Moon appears completely covered during this event. In South America the moon will rise already within the Earth's shadow. For Central & eastern Asia and Australia, the eclipse will still be in progress when the moon sets during the dawn hours of July 17. As the eclipse occurs during the daytime with the moon below the horizon, North America will be completely shut out. 
You are welcome to read more about this PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on the following pages:

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