Lunar eclipse 2019: from Australia to UK, stargazers enjoy bright side of the moon

Naaman Zhou
Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Stargazers around the world have enjoyed a view of a global lunar eclipse, delighting people from Dehli to Dublin.

The partial eclipse was visible in nearly every part of the world except for North America and the polar climes of Greenland and northern Russia.

In Australia and Asia, the eclipse was visible in the early hours of Wednesday morning and, in Europe, it was visible on Tuesday evening as the sun went down.

In Sydney a local cameraman captured the eclipse as it hung above Sydney Harbour at dawn.

In Delhi, the eclipse began just after midnight.

And across Europe and the UK, the stunning sight appeared in the summer sky.

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, which casts a shadow across the moon, making parts of it appear to disappear.

In the UK, the Earth’s outer shadow or penumbra, crossed the moon at 19.45 BST on Tuesday, the mid-eclipse occurred at 22.32 BST, and the eclipse finished at 01.15 BST on Wednesday.