GET READY FOR THE PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE IN IRELAND AND EUROPE THIS MONTH THE 16TH OF JULY 2019
On the night of Tuesday 16th of July Ireland will get the view a Lunar eclipse. The Lunar Eclipse occurs on Tuesday 16th of July.
This will be a Partial Lunar eclipse.meaning we will not see the full eclipse.
This is the second lunar eclipse in 2019 with last occurring on the morning of Monday 21st of January when Ireland got a glimpse of a maximum Lunar eclipse.
The eclipse will start around 19:43hrs on the night of the 16th of July and will not be visible until the the moon starts to rise at around 21:46hrs.
Below you can find a breakdown of when the Eclipse occurs and ends along with times it will be at maximum.
19:43hrs Tue, 16 Jul
Penumbral Eclipse begins Below horizon - Not directly visible
21:01hrs Tue, 16 Jul
Partial Eclipse begins Below horizon - Not directly visible
21:46 hrs Tue, 16 Jul
Moonrise Rising, but the combination of a very low moon and the total eclipse phase will make the moon so dim that it will be extremely difficult to view until moon gets higher in the sky or the total phase ends.
22:30hrs Tue, 16 Jul
Maximum Eclipse Moon is closest to the center of the shadow. Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to Southeast.
23:59hrs Tue, 16 Jul
Partial Eclipse ends
01:17hrs Wed, 17 Jul
Penumbral Eclipse endsThe Earth's penumbra ends.
What causes a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon, because that’s the only time the moon can be directly opposite of the sun in Earth’s sky. This time around, however, the alignment of the sun, Earth and full moon is somewhat askew, so it’s a partial lunar eclipse instead of a total lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019.
More often than not, however, there is no eclipse at full moon. The full moon usually avoids being eclipsed because it swings to the north or south of the Earth’s shadow. This year, in 2019, we have 12 full moons but only two lunar eclipses.
On the night of July 16-17, 2019, much of the world can watch a partial eclipse of the full moon. Unfortunately, North America misses out on this eclipse entirely. It’s visible from South America at early evening July 16 – from Europe and Africa, later in the evening July 16 – and in Asia and Australia before sunup July 17.
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