Partial lunar eclipse on Aug 7, to be visible from India

Partial lunar eclipse on Aug 7, to be visible from India

Partial lunar eclipse on Aug 7, to be visible from India

Hu also reminded the public to keep following another extraordinary celestial event this month, when the earth will cross the shadow of the moon on August 21, creating a rare total solar eclipse, although it will be visible only in the United States.

A partial lunar eclipse which will begin at 10:55 pm and will last for about two hours is to take place Monday night.

At the time of the partial lunar eclipse, the moon inside the umbral shadow will be red which is hard to see in contrast.

The full moon on August 7 is associated with a couple of cool things, namely, it begins the denouement of this moon that will result in the new moon that coincides with the total solar eclipse on August 21.

But back in these parts it's called the Full Sturgeon Moon because August is when, the Farmer's Almanac says, the sturgeon fish was most easily caught in the Great Lakes.

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow.

"We're going to be looking at this event with unprecedented eyes", said Alex Young, a solar physicist who is coordinating NASA's education and public outreach.

"About a quarter of the moon should go a reddy colour or will certainly go dark and that's because the shadow of the Earth is on it".

What is a lunar eclipse? Eastern, which will be nighttime where the eclipse is visible. Hybrid eclipses where an annular eclipse changes into a total eclipse, and vice versa, is also possible. "One does not need a telescope to watch the eclipse, although a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience", said Debiprosad Duari, Director Research and Academic, M P Birla Planetarium.

Penumbral eclipses are of little interest because they are hard to see.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon is covered by the shadow of the Earth.

In honor of the event, officials over at the Shreve Memorial Library are hosting an All-American Eclipse Viewing party at the Broadmoor Library in Shreveport.

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