Best Pictures: Partial lunar eclipse yesterday on the 50th anniversary of the takeoff of Apollo 11

Yesterday evening saw a partial lunar eclipse take place across Belgium, as well as in large parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, eastern South America and western parts of Australia.

The date was doubly important, on account of it also being the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969.



A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, and when the Moon finds itself in the Earth’s shadow.

Yesterday’s lunar eclipse was only partial, with “about 60% of the visible surface of the Moon being covered by shadows,” said the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) of London in a statement.

Lunar eclipses can – unlike solar eclipses – be seen with the naked eye without any danger.

The partial eclipse began at 10:01 pm and hit its peak at 11:30 pm. It ended at 00:59 am.

Here are a few of the shots people managed to capture all over the world: