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Lunar eclipse: How you can see the red side of the moon in Suffolk

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, Suffolk residents are turning their eyes to the skies for a rare astrological event tonight (Tuesday, July 16).

This is because a partial lunar eclipse is set to occur - causing the moon to turn a dramatic red colour.

And it is likely to be visible in most parts of the UK from 9pm, with 10.30pm set to be mid-eclipse.

The full lunar eclipse in January
The full lunar eclipse in January

What is a lunar eclipse?

This rare event happens when the sun, earth and a full moon are almost exactly in line, with the earth in the middle.

This casts a shadow over the moon, which dims dramatically but remains visible.

During a partial eclipse, some - but not all - of the moon passes through the darkest area of the Earth's shadow.

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. It is also possible it could be a dark grey, depending on conditions.

The Royal Astronomical Society has said anyone looking to get a good viewshould find a "low unobstructed horizon" without tall buildings and trees.

This is a partial eclipse, the next of which is likely to be in November 2021. In January, the last total eclipse occurred and was dubbed a super blood wolf moon.

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If you manage to get any pictures from tonight's eclipse, please email them to William Mata at: william.mata@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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