In Saint-Petersburg is a partial Eclipse of the moon was the last before a break of six years. It is caused by a portion of the Moon being hidden by the shadow of the Earth. This subtle coloration marks the book ends of the eclipse, when the moon slides into the outer part of Earth's shadow.
Looking from the standpoint of the earth, as the moon reflects the sun's light, it appears bright in the night sky. Unlike a solar eclipse or the Mercury transit, a lunar eclipse is safe to look at without special glasses. Photos of the partial lunar eclipse posted by spectators on social media sites showed the moon in variations of pinkish, light red, and ruddy orange colors.
During a partial lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow passes only through a part of the Moon, resulting in a large dark spot that makes it seem as though a chunk of the Moon has been bitten off.
India will witness a lunar eclipse on July 16 and 17. The penumbral eclipse in India will start at 12:13 am (July 17).
The moon is going full buck!
The view of tonight's eclipse as seen from the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.
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On Tuesday, the moon itself paid homage to man's first steps on its chalky surface exactly 50 years ago with an eclipse path that, ironically, touched every continent on Earth except for North America.
The next full moon will be on July 16, and it is known as the Thunder Moon, also called a Full Buck Moon.
There might not be too much to see when a black moon rises, but the good news is the surrounding skies will be clear and excellent for stargazing. The event could be seen on this continent and throughout Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Asia and Australia, but North America and parts of eastern Russian Federation were left in the dark, so to speak, because the moon was under their horizon during this color change.
The eclipse is expected to peak at 10.31pm BST, but should be visible for over an hour either side of this time.
They can last for several hours, but it is rare for a period of total eclipse to last longer than 100 minutes.