2019 saw its beginning with a partial solar eclipse, and now is seeing its first partial lunar eclipse. Not only this, but this partial eclipse of the moon which is scheduled to take place on either Tuesday night, or early in the morning on Wednesday, will be visible to most people in the world!
This eclipse will be visible in Africa, most parts of Europe, large areas in Asia, the eastern part of the South American continent, and western Australia. This information has been verified by the Royal Astronomical Society which is based out of Europe. North America will not be able to view this marvel of nature in areas excepting Nantucket, and some parts of Maine and Nova Scotia.
In the UK, the moon is expected to be low in the sky and an unobstructed view of the same is going to be visible in the southern and south eastern horizons. The astronomers at the Royal Astronomical Society think that the moon will rise at 21:07 BST, which will make the eclipse visible to all.
Lunar eclipses are only an occurrence with the full moon, and when the moon is aligned perfectly with the Earth and the sun. On Tuesday, the moon will be placed on the opposite side of the earth and the sun. Our planet is due to cast two shadows on the moon during this eclipse. The outer shadow is known as the penumbra and the fuller dark shadow is known as the umbra. When the full moon will move into the shadow of the earth, it may darken to a point, but not completely disappear from view. Sunlight which will pass through the atmosphere of the Earth at this time will light the moon in a manner which will turn it red in colour.
Depending on whether weather conditions in your part of the world permit it, the colour of the moon may appear gray, rusty, brick coloured or blood red. This phenomena will happen because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, and therefore the red light will be more dominating in the colour highlight as the sunlight will pass through the atmosphere, and is casted out onto the moon.
The Virtual Telescope Project will be sharing a livestream of the lunar eclipse from a few degrees apart above the Roman skyline. Unlike solar eclipses, especially a phenomena like the total eclipse of August 2017, the lunar eclipse may be viewed by the naked eye, without any binoculars or hindrances to the eye.