Lunar eclipse 2019 in pictures: Breathtaking photos of partial eclipse around the world

The beginning of July witnessed a spectacular total solar eclipse over South America. And experienced astronomers when when one eclipse occurs you may see another only two weeks later. Now, like clockwork, just two weeks later the Full Moon is plotting a similar trajectory around Earth. This means tonight, Tuesday, July 16, will see a lunar eclipse light-up the night skies for much of the world, providing the perfect fodder for budding photographers.

What is a partial lunar eclipse?

Many cosmic coincidences must align for this celestial phenomenon to occur

Slooh astrophysicist Dr Paige Godfrey

A lunar eclipse involves the Sun, the Earth and the Moon combining to darken and redden our celestial orb.

Tonight’s eclipse is a partial one, meaning only a section of our Moon will appear to vanish under the Earth’s shadow.

The astronomical phenomena will – weather permitting – promise to be truly spectacular and photographers and amateur astronomers alike can enjoy a late-night view the eclipse event across most of the world.

When is the eclipse of the Moon visible in the UK?

Not all of the partial lunar eclipse will not be visible over the UK, as the Moon is still rising during the eclipse.

READ MORE: What time is the eclipse in your area?


Lunar eclipse in pictures: A partial lunar eclipse is visible over the sea in Sidmouth, Devon (Image: PA)


Lunar eclipse in pictures: There are some important tips to know when photographing a lunar eclipse (Image: Getty)

The Moon will start to enter Earth’s shadow at 7.43pm BST and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 10.30pm.

The entire eclipse will last for around five and a half hours, ending at 1.17am on Wednesday, July 17.

The best time to view the eclipse of the Moon is between Moon rise at 9.06pm to 11.59pm, when the Moon will pass through the Earth’s umbra, or full shadow.

Only a little more than 60 percent of the Moon’s surface is going to pass through our planet’s full shadow, painting our celestial satellite an eerie crimson hue.

The rest of the Moon will meanwhile retain the same silver tone as sunlight will continue reflecting from that area of the Moon.

READ MORE: How to watch the partial eclipse live online

How to photograph tonight partial lunar eclipse:

Unlike solar eclipse photography, you do not need specific gear to protect your cameras, lenses, or eyes.

However, like solar eclipse photography, having the right accessories may help you get the best images.

Lunar eclipse photography is more difficult than “standard” lunar photography due to the lack of light.

During a dark total eclipse, your shutter speed for an image might be a minute or more – a potential recipe for a blurry disaster for a darkened Moon.

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Lunar eclipse in pictures: A partial lunar eclipse is visible above rises over a boat off Dorset (Image: PA)


Lunar eclipse in pictures: A partial lunar eclipse is visible over the Needles as seen from Dorset (Image: PA)

A lens is rarely sharpest at its widest aperture, so, when the light goes dim, it will be helpful if you are starting with wide-aperture glass. A lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 will usually be sharper at f/4 or f/5.6 than a lens that has a maximum aperture of f/4 or f/5.6.

With high-ISO digital noise, technology is the best way to battle this.

Newer cameras have much better high-ISO noise performance than older digital cameras.

And although the distance is great, so is the relative speed of the moon.

Pro-photographers find that 1/125 of a second is the base when taking telephoto lunar shots.

Lunar eclipse live stream:

Two weeks after Slooh’s live coverage of the South American Total Solar Eclipse, they are now training their telescopes on the Full Buck Moon as it enters Earth’s shadow for a Partial lunar eclipse.

Slooh’s Chief Astronomical Officer, Paul Cox, said: “Although this isn’t a total lunar eclipse, we will still see the magical change of colour as 65 percent of the Full Buck Moon enters Earth’s umbral shadow.

“It’s difficult to predict the colour of an eclipsed Moon because the condition of Earth’s atmosphere affects it - but with recent volcanic activity spewing dust into the atmosphere, we’re hoping for a ‘Half Blood Moon’.”

Slooh will stream live feeds of the entire eclipse, and the partial phase will be hosted by Slooh Astrophysicist Dr. Paige Godfrey from 9pm - midnight BST (4pm - 7pm ET).


Lunar eclipse in pictures: A plane flies over the sky during the Partial Lunar Eclipse in Istanbul (Image: Getty)

Lunar eclipse 2019

Lunar eclipse 2019: A partial lunar eclipse appears over the London skyline on July 16, 2019 (Image: Getty Images)

Dr Godfrey said of the upcoming eclipse: “Solar eclipses and lunar eclipses occur in pairs.

“A solar eclipse occurs during a New Moon, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.

“A lunar eclipse occurs two weeks before or after during a Full Moon, when the Moon moves behind Earth into its shadow.

“Many cosmic coinc

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