Skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere witnessed a partial lunar eclipse on Monday night, a prelude to the much-anticipated total solar eclipse that will cast a shadow across the Western Hemisphere in two weeks.
Star-gazers in the Arab world should keep their eyes peeled on Monday (August 7) for a partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from 7.50pm to 11.21pm GST. The total eclipse is only as bright as the full moon and not unsafe. You'll see a white circle on the paper at the end of your box and can watch as the moon eats away at its shape as the eclipse is happening! It will, however, be a total lunar eclipse.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon - which orbits roughly 239,000 miles away from earth - momentarily obscures the disk of the sun, which is roughly 93 million miles away from the earth.
Hawaii experienced a total solar eclipse in 1991.
"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.
The event isn't exceedingly rare, partial lunar eclipses typically occur once every eight months.
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The partial eclipse would ends on 00:18PST (on August 08th), and the penumbral eclipse would end at 01:51PST (on August, 08th). The eclipse will travel faster than the speed of sound, crossing the entire United States in roughly 90 minutes.
Eclipses happen about twice a year, but this one is different. The total duration of the eclipse is five hours, one minute.
"A pair of binoculars will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter", Pagasa added.
Virtual Telescope will offer a second view of the eclipse, which is partly visible from Italy. Due to the early time of the eclipse, it will be harder to see as the sun will only just be setting. Really though, in an eclipse, the Earth completely blocks the sun's light which bounces off of the moon. There are three types - total, partial and penumbral.
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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