Moon puts on a show to celebrate historic lunar landing

The Moon will join in the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing by treating Australia to a partial eclipse this Wednesday.

ANU astronomer Dr Brad Tucker said people will see a bite being taken out of the Moon, as the Earth casts a shadow over half of the Moon in the early morning. 

“You will not see the whole Moon disappear, but just enough to make the spectacle worthwhile for stargazers around the country,” said Dr Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

“I like to think of it as the Moon’s tribute to the great human endeavour to reach it and go beyond.”

Dr Tucker said people do not need any special equipment – just their eyes and a camera.

“On the east coast, the eclipse will start around 6am and end around 6.45am, when the Moon starts to set,” he said.  

“Western Australia will have the best view, with the partial eclipse beginning around 4am local time and ending around 7am.”  

Best viewing times (all times local): 

Canberra: Begins at 6.01am, ends at 7.14am.
Sydney: Begins at 6.01am, ends 7.02am.
Melbourne: Begins at 6.01am, ends 7.38am.
Hobart: Begins at 6.01am, ends 7.44am.
Brisbane: Begins at 6.01am, ends 6.40am.
Darwin: Begins at 5.31am, ends 7.13am.
Adelaide: Begins at 5.31am, ends 7.27am.
Perth: Begins at 4.01am, ends 6.59am. 

As part of Canberra Moon Week, ANU, in partnership with the ACT Government, is hosting a five-day program of events and activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.


Dr Brad Tucker
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
ANU College of Science
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