7 beautiful images of last night's partial lunar eclipse across the world

Lisa Walden
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From Country Living

A partial lunar eclipse lit up the skies on Tuesday 16th July across some parts of Africa, the Middle East, India, Norway and the UK — and the images are breathtaking.

This natural spectacle occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are fully aligned. It is caused by a portion of the Moon being hidden by the shadow of the Earth.

Tuesday 16th also saw July's full Buck Moon shine in the sky, where it will stay for three days, according to NASA.

Read more: Why is July's full moon called the Buck Moon?

Where was the partial lunar eclipse seen?

Stunning images of the partial lunar eclipse were captured from Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and India.

Take a look at some of the incredible shots below...

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Before the event took place, amateur astronomer Stuart Atkinson explained the difficulties of seeing the eclipse from the UK on Facebook:

"Tuesday night's eclipse is going to be a bit of a "challenge" to observe and enjoy because the eclipse will already be underway when the Moon rises, and the Moon still won't have climbed very high in the sky by the time the eclipse ends. So, if you have trees, buildings or hills on your south-east horizon you might struggle to see it. But if have a clear horizon, or if you can get to somewhere with a clearer, better view it will still be worth watching, especially if you have a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to magnify the Moon and increase the contrast between the eclipsed part and the rest."

Stuart continues: "If you're in the south of the UK it will rise earlier than in the north. (My Moonrise time here in Kendal is 21:30, in London it's 20 mins earlier, in the north of Scotland it will be later. Check out your local Moonrise time using a weather app or website, there are plenty to choose from.) Then just sit back and watch the show!"


When is the next lunar eclipse?

As for when Britain will next experience a total solar eclipse? Well, we could be waiting a while. The next complete solar eclipse will appear on 12th August 2026, which will see the UK plunge into a deep eclipse.

There will also be a partial solar eclipse, which will take place on 29th March 2025.

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