26th Jan, 2020

Find out the best times to see tonight's partial lunar eclipse in Droitwich and Worcester

RESIDENTS across Droitwich and Worcester will be able to see a partial lunar eclipse tonight.

The moon is set to rise around 9.15pm but because it will be low and because of the eclipse it will be so dim it will be hard to see until it gets higher in the sky.

The eclipse will take place between 9.15pm and midnight.

It is thought the peak time to see it will be at 10.30pm when 60 per cent of the moon will be in the Earth’s shadow and the covered section could, depending on atmospheric conditions, turn red.

Sue Dipple, the chairman of Bromsgrove Astronomical Society, said: “The moon won’t be completely covered and because of the time of the year the sky will not be dark.

“But it will be visible to the naked eye and the warm weather should make for comfortable viewing.”

The number of total lunar eclipses per year worldwide ranges from none to three with more partial lunar eclipses happening each 12 months.

They outnumber total eclipses by six or seven.

But these events will not always be visible from the United Kingdom.

The last time there were three total eclipses in one year was 1982.

The next total eclipse visible from Europe will not be until 2022 although that may not be visible from the UK.

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