Newspaper: Partial lunar eclipse today


The lunar eclipse comes exactly two weeks ahead of a total solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States on August 21. The total eclipse is only as bright as the full moon and not risky.

"There's no place else in the solar system, where you could see a total solar eclipse the way you can from the Earth", said Darlene Smalley, the DuPont Planetarium Program Director.

"You'll actually be able to see ridges of the moon against the sun". The event is the third of four eclipses in 2017, with the big one - dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path - coming just two weeks later.

This is where the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned to form an exact or an nearly straight line. For the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast.

The phase that will be visible in the United Kingdom will be hard to distinguish as the Earth's outer shadow will only make some of the moon slightly dimmer.

What is a lunar eclipse? That's because the moon doesn't quite orbit the Earth at the same angle that we orbit the sun - it's a few degrees tilted, like a sagging belt.

"If you go to the NASA eclipse sight they have a downloadable page, and on the downloadable page, you can download a map of your state". It covers the whole or part of the Moon with its shadows also known as penumbra. The eclipse will occur from 8:24 to 10:19 pm Moscow time, the darkest phase will occur at 9:20 pm Moscow time. While the solar eclipse will not be visible in India, it is being said to be one of the most wonderful sight for sky watchers. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.

To view the partial phase of the eclipse safely, you will need to use a solar filter which meets the worldwide standard for solar viewing - ISO 12312-2.

"On February 11 this year there was a penumbral eclipse of the moon". Nearly 90 percent of the sun's disc will be blocked by the moon when the eclipse reaches its maximum extent at 1:19PM. "During the eclipse, we'll have live NASA feeds of the event".



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