Exactly 50 years later launch of Apollo 11on July 16, 1969, most land users will be able to contemplate Tuesday partial moon eclipse.
"The eclipse will be visible from Africa, from much of Europe and Asia, from the eastern part of South America and from the western part of Australia," says the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) of London in a statement.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned and the moon remains in the shadow cone produced by the Earth.
Tuesday, the eclipse will be partial, so the Moon will not be completely dark. But "about 60% of the visible surface of the Moon it will be covered by the shadow ", explains the RAS.
Deprived of the Sun's rays, the Moon darkens and acquires an orange hue, because the Earth's atmosphere deviates the red rays of the sun in the cone of his shadow.
The partial eclipse will begin at 20h01 GMT and reach its peak at 21h30 GMT. The show will end at 22H59 GMT.
The astronomical phenomenon can be seen with the naked eye, without any danger, unlike what happens with the solar eclipse. Some binoculars or a telescope will allow you to fully enjoy yourself, as long as the weather conditions permit.
Half a century after the beginning of historic mission Apollo 11, a journey back and forth on the moon with three astronauts on board, the enterprise will be commemorated tomorrow with different activities in the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA), since there will be two of its protagonists.
Without your partner Neil Armstrong, the first man to climb the moon, who died in 2012, Buzz Aldrin is Michael Collins, the other two participants in the mission, will return to the LC-39A platform of the Kennedy Center from where, on 16 July 1969, the Saturn V rocket was launched with them on board.
The three arrived on the Moon on July 20, 1969 (July 21 in some of the United States time zones), the "big day" of the space race, Eagle module sheet (Águila), who landed on the so-called Sea of Tranquility.
Two of them, Armstrong and AldrinThey trampled the lunar surface and placed the flag of stars and bars on the terrestrial satellite, as millions of people around the world could see thanks to the first retransmission global televisionand the three returned safely to the earth on July 24th.
Aldrin and Collins will participate tomorrow in an interview with Bob Cabana, the director of the Kennedy Center, which will be broadcast live by NASA, the US space agency, founded in 1958 – before the space was the responsibility of Air Force– and during the Cold War he competed side by side with the Soviet Union to conquer space.
What Armstrong called "a small step for a man, but a great leap for humanity", was made possible thanks to the collective effort of about 400,000 anonymous people, who helped to fulfill the promise made in 1961 by the president John F. Kennedy to send a man to the moon before the end of the years & # 39; 60.
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