How to watch the partial lunar eclipse tonight

Unlike a solar eclipse, it’s entirely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye.

A partial lunar eclipse could be visible above the skies of Coventry on Tuesday night – as long as the clear weather holds up.

Not only is the event special in its own right, but it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch today – a bonanza for stargazing fans.

What is a partial eclipse?

A partial lunar eclipse happens when the Earth moves between the sun and a full moon, but they are not precisely aligned.

The moon moves into the shadow of the Earth and dims dramatically but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.

During a partial lunar eclipse, part of the moon gets a reddish hue. This isn’t actually red, it just appears that way to people observing from the ground due to the powerful atmospheric scattering of blue light hitting the surface.

Where can I see it from?

You will be able to see the partial eclipse above the skies of the UK from moonrise tonight, which begins at approximately 9.07 pm, until around 1.17 am.

According to the Royal Astronomical Society, the peak time to watch it is during the mid-eclipse at 10.30 pm, when about 60% of the visible surface of the moon will be covered.

Where will I be able to see it?

From anywhere in the UK, including above the skies of Coventry. For the best view, it’s recommended that you move away from light pollution as much as possible.

Given the temperature recently, it could be one of the best partial eclipses seen in years.

Dr Morgan Hollis from the Royal Astronomical Society said: “You’re looking for anywhere that has a low unobstructed horizon, no tall buildings and trees in the way.”

The event will also take place over much of Asia, Africa, eastern parts of South America, and the western parts of Australia.

Do I need glasses or special equipment?

Unlike a solar eclipse, it’s entirely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye, so you don’t need any special equipment.