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In pictures: Partial lunar eclipse celebrated across the world

The partial lunar eclipse above Stoodley Pike near Todmorden in West Yorkshire. Credit: PA

Across the UK and as far afield as Australia, Africa and much of Asia, stargazers gathered on Tuesday evening to view a partial lunar eclipse.

The eclipse was seen in the UK from Moon rise, from approximately 9.07pm until around 1.17am, and coincided with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launching its Moon mission.

With clear skies across much of the country, here’s how people viewed the cosmic spectacle.

The partial lunar eclipse above Tynemouth Priory, North Shields. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Clear skies across much of the country gave people a stunning view of the phenomenon, including in London, Yorkshire and at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.

It lit up the skies at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon mission. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun and Moon are almost exactly in line and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.

The Moon is full, moves into the shadow of the Earth and dims dramatically but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.

People also watched the phenomenon in Rome. Credit: Andrew Medichini/AP
It was also visible across Brazil, Australia, Africa and much of Asia. Credit: Eraldo Peres/AP

One Twitter user wrote: “So 50 years since the best achievement for spacefaring that man has achieved thus far, Apollo 11’s launch 50 years today, is celebrated with a partial lunar eclipse. Just brilliant. Absolutely fantastic.”

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are almost exactly in line. Credit: Aaron Chown/PA
Many celebrated that it came 50 years to the day after Apollo 11 headed into space. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA