Check out how to see the upcoming Partial Lunar Eclipse

A Partial Lunar Eclipse. Image Credit: Carol Redford

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 and Perth will have a front-row seat to the event in the early morning.

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.

The Moon on the 17/07/19 at 05:00 am. Image Credit: Stellarium
July's Partial Lunar Eclipse viewing map. Image Credit:

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. 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, places like the Swan River foreshore, Kings Park, Rottnest Island, Lake Clifton, Lake Leschenaultia, local beach and parks are all perfect places to take photos from as you’ll have great scenery for your photos as well. For those who would like to watch the eclipse, but the nice warm and cosy bed is just too hard to leave, we’ll be live stream the eclipse for and you watch here: