Hopefully the weather gods will shine .. or at least not rain on us next Tuesday when a partial Lunar Eclipse will be just visible from Eastern Australia.
Technically speaking, the eclipse will be visible as a total lunar eclipse if you happen to be in Europe, West Africa and North America. Unfortunately by the time the Earth rotates around sufficiently for Eastern Australian viewers to look at the Moon, the eclipse will be past its total phase. For the record, the total eclipse phase ends at 6.53 pm AEST when the Moon is below our horizon.
If you happen to be lucky enough to have a clear sky early on Tuesday evening, grab a pair of binoculars and look low on the Eastern horizon around 7.30pm AEST (add one hour if your location follows Summer time). Just under half the Moon will still be covered by the Earth’s shadow. The partial phase of the eclipse ends at 8.01 pm AEST.