Lunar eclipse tonight coincides with anniversary of Moon mission 

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TURN your gaze upwards tonight and you will be able to see a partial eclipse of the Moon. 

And appropriately it is also the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 which took the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the satellite.
The eclipse will begin in Spain at 10.02 pm according to the National Astronomical Observatory of the National Geographic Institute. 

From then on, the eclipse will last for almost three hours, until 1 am with it at its biggest extent at 11.30 pm. 

Unlike eclipses of the sun there is no danger in watching a lunar eclipse, although it is recommended to acclimatise your sight in a dark place first to get the full benefit. 

Weather forecasts indicate that clouds will make it difficult to see the lunar eclipse at many points in the northern half of the peninsula and in many places in the community of Extremadura. 

The eclipse will be visible in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, according to data from the National Geographic Institute. 

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Dilip Kuner

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