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It won't be visible to those of you in North or South America. But if you live in the Eastern Hemisphere you might get a glimpse of it between 20.54 BST and 21.21 BST.
According to National Geographic, this eclipse will be spectacular for being so unspectacular. It's the second shortest partial eclipse of the 21st century. There'll be no moon glowing red, nor will the world be plunged into impenetrable darkness. The full moon will have a small chunk missing from its disc, and that's pretty much it. If it's a cloudy night with an invisible moon the whole event be even less spectacular!
Everyday Life on a Shoestring celebrates the beauty of the unspectacular, so we think you should indulge in a spot of star gazing tonight if you happen to remember, whether it's cloudy or not!
We've mentioned the night sky before here, here and here, and last year I pointed you in the direction of Mooncup's excellent free 2012 lunar calendar. I had trouble printing out the 2013 version, so I downloaded an alternative calendar here. It's slightly superior - the format is an A4 sheet per month, and it allows you to choose your location, with details of sunrise and sunset times and notifications of lunar eclipses etc. I'm old fashioned so I like a hard copy, but of course there are plenty of online equivalents, and smart phones probably tell you this stuff as a matter of course.
Whether you track the moon or not, and however you do it or not, a partial eclipse is worth looking out of the window for.
|Hand lettering by Lisa Congdon |