Occulting The Moon: The year 2019 has not been a disappointment for astronomy lovers. Starting with total lunar eclipses, lined up with Jupiter opposition, Saturn opposition and total solar eclipse, 2019 now brings us to another celestial show, a partial lunar eclipse.
Partial Lunar Eclipse 2019
Coming up to another phenomenal happening in the sky, the partial lunar eclipse will take place on 16 and 17 July 2019 after the illustrious total lunar eclipse that occurred in January 2019. This lunar eclipse would be the last lunar eclipse of 2019 until the Earth charges in to cover its natural satellite in May 2021. It will be visible over most of Asia and Australia on July 17, from Europe and Africa-later in evening July 16 and South America-early on July 16. Unfortunately North America won’t be witnessing this remarkable event and missing out on it completely. For space enthusiast and passionate astronomers, the perfect timings to observe the different phases of this lunar eclipse from our national capital is going to be:
- The partial umbral eclipse begins at 1:32 am, July 17, local time.
- Greatest eclipse at 3:01 am, July 17, local time.
- Partial lunar eclipse ends at 4:30 am, July 17.
What Are Lunar Eclipses? (Occulting The Moon)
Now, before we know what a partial lunar eclipse is let’s know what is a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon and blocks the path of the sunlight to fall on moon. For a lunar eclipse to occur, all three celestial bodies should lie in a straight line, the moon and the sun should be opposite sides of the earth and it should be a full moon. The most striking of all the lunar eclipses is the total lunar eclipse when the earth fully blocks sun’s rays from falling on the moon. This is when we can see the “blood moon” or specifying it, the moon turns out to be deep red in color.
Partial lunar eclipse is witnessed when the earth partially covers the moon and the three of them i.e., the sun, moon and the earth do not lie in a straight line. During this the moon is not wholly covered but only a small part of the moon is cased as it passes through the dark central shadow of the earth called the umbra while the rest of it lies in the penumbral shadow. During the partial lunar eclipse we will see a part of the moon obtaining a reddish tint which is caused due to the scattering of sunlight through the earth’s atmosphere.
How To Observe? (Occulting The Moon)
Unlike the solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch. The best part is you need no equipments to observe it, just look up at our beloved Luna. So, this time stay in luck to watch the uttermost delight of the month to come. Step out of your houses, gather your loved ones, sit out and enjoy the show of the partial blood moon!