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18th Nov 2021

Partial lunar eclipse to be visible all over Ireland tomorrow morning

Sarah McKenna Barry

This will be worth getting out of bed for.

Irish stargazers, set your alarm clocks now, as you are in for a treat tomorrow morning.

The Irish Times reports that a partial lunar eclipse is set to be visible over Ireland, and you can bet that we’ll be out of bed at the crack of dawn trying to catch a glimpse of it.

Astronomy Ireland has said that tomorrow’s lunar event will be the first of its kind since July 2019.

Up to 68% of the moon will appear to vanish behind the Earth’s shadow as the sun, Earth and Moon align. The Earth will be the middle of the two.

According to Live Science, tomorrow’s partial lunar eclipse is the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, and it will be visible at various locations around the world.

Stargazers in North America, the Pacific Ocean, western Europe, eastern Australia, New Zealand and Japan will be able to catch a glimpse of the lunar event at varying times.

In Ireland, the partial eclipse, which begins 45 minutes before the sun rises, will be visible between 6:30am and 8am.

The partial phase begins at 7:18am, which is when the Moon is five degrees above the west to northwest horizon, and it’s safe to say that we’ll have our fingers crossed for clear skies.

If you end up hitting snooze on your 6am alarm (or forget to set one at all), then mark your calendars now. The next lunar eclipse that will be visible in Irish skies will take place in May 2022.