Get ready to witness the lunar eclipse on August 7

  • Get ready to witness the lunar eclipse on August 7

Get ready to witness the lunar eclipse on August 7

The Arab world will witness a partial lunar eclipse on Monday, the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) announced on Sunday. It will begin at 10.53 p.m. on August 7 and end at 12.48 a.m. on August 8.

This week's partial eclipse is a prelude to the total solar eclipse, which will be visible in North America two weeks later (August 21).

The Nehru Planetarium will be setting up telescopes to help visitors observe the Moon before the eclipse and the partial phases of the eclipse, at the Teen Murti lawns from 9:00 pm on Monday night.

Lunar eclipses also have the advantage of being visible from the entire hemisphere of the Earth where the Moon is above the horizon, rather than being most impressive along a narrow track.

August is a big month for skywatchers in the U.S. thanks to the highly anticipated total solar eclipse slated to occur on August 21st. Depending on the size of the eclipse, a dark red or rust colour, or simply a charcoal grey may appear on the shadowed portion of the lunar surface.

There are three types of lunar eclipse: total, partial and penumbral. Instead, observers can see only the slightest dimming near the lunar limb closest to the umbra.