See partial lunar eclipse over Qatar sky tomorrow

A lunar eclipse, such as tonight's, always occurs about two weeks before or after a solar eclipse, as will happen on August 21 this month.

A partial lunar eclipse occurred at 1820 Universal Time (UT) on Monday, August 7, and was visible to observers in Asia, Australia, and Indonesia.

The event - which won't be full, but rather a partial lunar eclipse -will occur on Monday evening in the aforementioned territories as well as Antarctica. Many people are referring to it as The All-American Eclipse because no other country will get to see this total eclipse.

Temple of Poseidon is seen as a full moon is partially covered by the Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse in east of Athens, Greece. You can also construct a pinhole camera to safely view the eclipse.

The moon casts a long shadow over the face of the earth, making daylight turn to twilight within the "path of totality" - or the path along which the sun is completely obscured. That means on rare occasions the moon is located between the Earth and the sun, blocking incoming light. The moon will pass through the northern part of the earth's shadow, immerse in it as much as possible by its southern edge by a quarter of the disk.

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The lunar eclipse will begin at 11:50 a.m. EDT (1550 GMT) and peak at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT).

The 70-mile-wide "path of totality", in which a total eclipse will be visible, will pass through 14 states. They just look like little black dots crossing the sun. "During the eclipse, we'll have live NASA feeds of the event".

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

Eclipses happen about twice a year, but this one is different.

"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". Indeed, the book is created to depict basic concepts about the interaction and alignment of the sun with the moon and Earth during a solar eclipse.

  • Toni Ryan