Buck Moon Lunar Eclipse will appear this weekend – best time to see it from UK

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If you’re a fan of stargazing, make sure you book Saturday evening off in your calendar.

That night, a Buck Moon Lunar Eclipse is set to appear, and you don’t want to miss it!

The lunar event is a combination of a full moon and a partial penumbral lunar eclipse, and will officially peak in the early hours of Sunday morning, although you should be able to see it all evening.

Zoltan Toth-Czifra, founder of Under Lucky Stars, explained: “A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the moon travels only through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, or ‘penumbra’.

“This causes a darkening on the surface of the moon, dimming it from view slightly. This chain of events is different to a full eclipse, as the earth still moves between the sun and moon but not in a perfectly straight line, which usually causes a full lunar eclipse.”

You may hear this particular full moon referred to by various names, including the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon.

NASA explained: “The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published ‘Indian’ names for the full Moons in the 1930’s. According to this almanac, as the full Moon in July and the first full Moon of summer, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States called this full Moon the Buck Moon.

“Early summer is normally when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. They also called this the Thunder Moon because of early summer’s frequent thunderstorms.”

The best time for viewing the penumbral lunar eclipse is between 04:00 and 06:00 on Sunday, although the moon will appear full on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

Mr Toth-Czifra advised: “For your best chance of catching it, look up nearer to dusk where it will be at its brightest. It should then be clear throughout the night.

“Moons always rise in the east and set in the west, so follow this direction in your search.

“As always, the moon will affect the Earth’s ocean, and the extra gravitational pull means we should brace ourselves for some spectacular tides worldwide.”

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