Stunning images of today’s lunar eclipse

Fifty years after mankind launched the first mission to set foot on it, the Moon has treated Earthlings to a partial lunar eclipse.

Starting 6.01am (AEST) today, a section of the Moon's right-hand side disappeared from view with the results captured on camera.

Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth becomes aligned in between the Sun and the Moon.

Today's eclipse was expected to show around 60 per cent of the Moon's visible surface obscured by the Earth's shadow, known as the umbra, Britain's Royal Astronomical Society said in a statement.

 

The partial lunar eclipse as it appeared over the London skyline. Picture: Getty Images
The partial lunar eclipse as it appeared over the London skyline. Picture: Getty Images

 

How it appeared at the Honeysuckle Creek, just outside of Canberra. The station received and relayed to the world the first televised footage of astronaut Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon on 21 July 1969. Picture Gary Ramage
How it appeared at the Honeysuckle Creek, just outside of Canberra. The station received and relayed to the world the first televised footage of astronaut Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon on 21 July 1969. Picture Gary Ramage

 

Another image of the eclipse taken today at The Honeysuckle Creek. Picture Gary Ramage
Another image of the eclipse taken today at The Honeysuckle Creek. Picture Gary Ramage

 

 

 

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be seen by the naked eye without risk of damage.

The event was visible from parts of northern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia.

Dr Andrew Jacob of Sydney Observatory told the ABC that Western Australians were set for the best view in Australia.

 

A statue of the Brazil's former President Juscelino Kubitschek, founder of Brasilia, stands during a partial lunar eclipse in the skies over Brasilia, Brazil. Picture: AP
A statue of the Brazil's former President Juscelino Kubitschek, founder of Brasilia, stands during a partial lunar eclipse in the skies over Brasilia, Brazil. Picture: AP

 

A yoga session took place during the eclipse in Barcelona, Spain. Picture: AP
A yoga session took place during the eclipse in Barcelona, Spain. Picture: AP

 

More eclipse-side yoga. Picture: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
More eclipse-side yoga. Picture: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti


 

"For the eastern states it'll be obvious that there's that chunk out. For the west it will be very, very clear that there's an eclipse happening," he said.

Dr Jacob said the Moon was expected to look massive in the eastern states as it sinks into the horizon, thanks to a trick of the brain.

 

 

 

"The moon illusion, where the moon appears larger when it's on the horizon, definitely comes into play so that will be quite a nice effect," Dr Jacob said.

This will be the last visible lunar eclipse until 2021 so it's worth the early rise.

WHEN THE ECLIPSE HIT

These were the estimated timings for the partial eclipse early this morning.

NSW 6.01am-6.55am

SA 5.31am -7am

QLD 6.01am -6.37am

ACT 6.01am-7.11am

NT 5.31am-7.13am

TAS 6.01am-7.44am

VIC 6.01am-7.38am

WA 4.01am-6.59am


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