By NECJOGHA TEAM
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – Half of the world that was experiencing night time on Tuesday night was awed by a lunar eclipse which lasted four hours on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
According to a press release by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) the eclipse was expected to start at around 21:00 hours on 16th of July 2019 and end at 03:00 hours on 17th July 2019.
The TMA release said the eclipse would be visible over half of the world i.e. sector experiencing nighttime. (Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia)
“In Tanzania, this condition is expected to be visible over large parts of the country,” the release said.
Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses between the Sun and Moon – casting a shadow on the lunar surface. The TMA release explains that the lunar eclipse is classified as both umbra and penumbra.
“Total lunar eclipse (Umbra), is when there is a total disappearance of moonlight (Brightness) i.e. becoming dark in a short period of time. A second type of lunar eclipse is when there is a partial eclipse (Penumbra). This takes place when only the Earth casts weak shadow on the moon i.e. weak moonlight (Brightness) will be visible,” explains the release.
According to BBC Weather, the event was also visible across Europe and was also expected to be seen from Africa, much of Asia, the eastern part of South America, and western Australia.
“The next partial lunar eclipse is not expected until 19 November 2021 but skywatchers in the UK will not get the chance to see another until 2029 – weather permitting,” BBC Weather said.
On the effect of the eclipse on weather, TMA said generally, there is no major effect of the eclipse on weather patterns as a result of this episode.
“Even though, there is a possibility of disturbances of sea water during high tides due to gravitational pull caused by the moon on large water bodies especially oceans,” the TMA said.