Did you catch the lunar eclipse

A lunar eclipse happened this evening, beginning at moonrise during dusk over Australia on July 7, and setting over western North and South America in their early predawn hours of July 7.

However, the lunar eclipse only entered the southern most tip of the penumbral shadow, making it extremely difficult to observe visually.

Image: Tom Ruen

(See the diagram… The shadow barely nudges the Moon, and not even the umbral shadow.)

Unlike this somewhat unspectacular lunar eclipse, the total eclipse happening later this month promises to be the most dramatic one in our lifetime, partly because it will be the longest one this century.

If you are in India, China or parts of Japan, you may be in luck to catch the total eclipse.

If you are in the majority of the world not within the eclipse’s path, don’t fret. You can still view it “live” and in real time right here.

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