Moon: a partial eclipse is coming

Moon: a partial eclipse is coming

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The sky, like nature in its totality, knows how to give us extraordinary spectacles. One of these is thelunar eclipse.

After having had the opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of a total eclipse last January 21, now it is the turn of a partial eclipse, again visible throughout Italy, cloudiness permitting. The appointment for this unmissable astronomical event is for the night between 16 and 17 July.

The times of the partial eclipse

The eclipse will start at 18.42 but will be more visible starting at 20. The first contact with the shadow will take place at 22.0. The Moon, at that point, will take on a reddish color.

The maximum phase will be reached at 11:31 pm when our natural satellite will now be covered by the shadow of the Earth for 65%. The final phase of the partial eclipse will finally begin at 0.59 on 17 July.

The moon landing turns half a century

The eclipse that will take place between 16 and 17 July is tinged with even more charm in 2019, the year in which the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing is celebrated. On 20 July 1969, in fact, theApollo 11 wore Neil Armstrong is Buzz Aldrin to set foot on our natural satellite for the first time.

The two US astronauts spent about two and a quarter hours outside the spacecraft, collecting 21.5 kg of lunar material which they brought back to Earth. He also took part in the mission Michael Collins, command module pilot, who however remained in lunar orbit.
The first lunar walk was broadcast live on television for the entire world audience, gluing about 900 million people to the screen. Of these, over 20 million were Italians.

Fifty years have passed since then, but Armstrong's first footprint on the Moon still appears indelible in the history of humanity.

The events for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, cultural and scientific events of all kinds are scheduled in every corner of the world: from exhibitions to re-enactments, from film screenings to observations of the sky with telescopes. Our country has once again demonstrated its great creativity, proposing over a thousand appointments throughout the boot.

Among the most interesting initiatives to pay homage to the moon landing, we remember the interactive exhibition entitled Beyond the Earth, set up at MIL space Sesto San Giovanni, in the province of Milan (Via Granelli 1). For example, the exhibition allows you to walk on the lunar soil with Armstrong, observing the craters of the satellite and the Earth from afar. 3D projections, models, documents and reconstructions also allow visitors to know all the secrets of the space mission. For the duration of the exhibition, which can be visited until July 28, there will be meetings with important exponents of the Italian space world, such as the astronaut Umberto Guidoni.

Among the numerous events scheduled in the capital, it should be remembered that every Thursday evening in July and August there will be theme nights at the Arena della House of Cinema (Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1) with film projections on space. Each evening will be introduced by a researcher and to follow, from 23.00 to 24.00, there will be observations at the telescopes.

For the historic anniversary, the RAI will instead devote the entire program of July 20 to the celebration of the moon landing, with a named day Moon Day. A marathon that, through archive images and stories, will try to revive the emotions and memories of fifty years ago. Of that unforgettable day that, in the words of Neil Armstrong himself, constituted a small step for man, a gigantic leap for humanity.

Video: Astronomy Calendar 2021 (May 2022).