This evening's lunar eclipse is set to be a genuinely odd-looking celestial spectacle.
The eclipse action will be visible in Africa, most of Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and South America.
Tuesday´s eclipse should see around 60 percent of the Moon´s visible surface obscured by the Earth´s shadow, known as the umbra, the RAS said. This shadow has a central and outer shadow called umbra and penumbra, respectively.
Lunar eclipses occur on a full moon night when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned in a straight line or nearly straight line in space.
The Moon will remain partially eclipsed till 4:29 am on Wednesday.
In India, people will be able to witness the penumbral lunar eclipse starting from 12.13 am on 17 July.
India will witness the next lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, when it will be a total one, he added.
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Fittingly, the lunar eclipse coincides with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission in the USA, better known as The Moon Landing.
An eclipse of the Moon occurs when the Earth lies directly between the Sun and the Moon and the Moon lies in the shadow of the Earth. Anyone on the night-side of the Earth at the time of the eclipse can see it. You should avoid obstructions such as trees or houses, as the moon will hang relatively low in the sky during a large part of the lunar eclipse.
What is a lunar eclipse? The entire eclipse will be active for five hours and 34 minutes while the partial lunar eclipse will be for a duration of two hours and 58 minutes.
"You will not see the whole moon disappear, but just enough to make the spectacle worthwhile for stargazers around the country", Dr Tucker said.
At least two lunar eclipses happen every year. Unlike a solar eclipse or the Mercury transit, a lunar eclipse is safe to look at without special glasses.
When the full moon moves into Earth's shadow, it will darken, but it won't disappear.
The surface often appears red because the earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon and so the only light reflected off the surface has been refracted by the earth's atmosphere.