Lunar eclipse puts on dazzling celestial display

So the great starry guardians of the heavens are being activated in the coming lunar cycle, starting with an eclipse of the star of kings, and fulfilling with the Moon blocking out the star known as the "light of heaven".

The total duration of the penumbral eclipse is five hours and one minute and that of the partial eclipse one hour and 55 minutes.

The next lunar eclipse according to officials would be on January 31 next year and it will also be visible from all parts of the Indian sub-continent.

Partial lunar eclipse, on the other hand, is when the Earth moves in between the Moon and the Sun but the three do not line up exactly.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, the earth, and the moon align in an nearly straight line.

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The lunar eclipse will start at around 10.52pm on Monday night (August 7) and will continue till 00.48am IST. "However - if any part of the sun remains uncovered (like during the partial eclipses before and after "totality") it is not safe", Speck said. Minutes after 9PM Eastern Time, the shadow of the Moon will cut just outside Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

There won't be a lunar eclipse until January 31, 2018 - this will be a total eclipse, but won't be visible from the UK. On that date the sun will go down at 20:39 for Sofia, that is, shortly after the dawn of the partially obscured Moon. It will also be visible from all parts of the Indian sub-continent, Duari said.

A local amateur astronomy enthusiast will provide insight at a Lawrence County Public Library program about the upcoming solar eclipse. To observe the eclipse safely, all one needs is a solar filter that will protect the eyes against the concentrated radiation coming off the Sun when viewing with naked eyes/binoculars/telescope.

"The sky permitting, since it is the rainy season and the sky remains overcast most of the time, it will be an wonderful opportunity to experience this celestial event and to take photographs if possible", he added.

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