A Partial Eclipse of the Moon This Wednesday
On the early morning of Wednesday, the 17th of July the Moon will move behind the Earth and partially into the Earth’s umbra (Latin for “shadow”) in what’s called a partial lunar eclipse.
The eclipse will be visible in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America – however, Perth will have a front-row seat to the event in the early morning.
When will the partial eclipse start?
This eclipse will begin with the penumbral phase starting at 2:43 am (AWST) where the Moon starts to enter the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow (The Penumbra) and the Moon starts to dim slightly.
At 4:01 am (AWST) the partial phase begins where the Moon starts to enter the centre portion of the Earth’s shadow (The Umbra) and we’ll start to see a visible dark area grow across the Moon until at 5:30 am (AWST) when the Earth’s shadow will cover the at least half of the Moon.
The partial phase will finish at 6:59 am (AWST) and the Moon will set at 7:22 am (AWST) while it is still in the second penumbral phase where the Moon moving out of the Earth’s Penumbra.
How long will the partial eclipse last?
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 34 minutes and we’ll see the Moon partially in shadow for 2 hours and 58 minutes of that.
How and where to watch the eclipse in Perth
To see the lunar eclipse, just go outside and look at the moon as you don’t need a telescope to see it.
If you want to go out and get some great photos of the Moon, the best viewing places in Perth are
- Swan River foreshore
- Kings Park
- Rottnest Island
- Lake Clifton
- Lake Leschenaultia
- Also local beaches and parks are all perfect places to take photos from as you’ll have great scenery for your photos as well.
Watch live stream the eclipse
For those who would like to watch the eclipse, but want to stay nice and warm in bed you can live stream the eclipse via timeanddate.com/live.
Look to the sky in 2019
2019 is quite the year for astronomical events!
Read more: Full list of 2019 astronomical events