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Lunar eclipse on Monday

Lunar eclipse on Monday

However, as the three celestial bodies are not perfectly aligned, only part of the moon's surface is covered by the central part of the Earth's shadow.

So, what is a lunar eclipse?

America may be gearing up for a total solar eclipse - the so-called "Great American Eclipse" - but the rest of the world can take solace in the possibility of witnessing a partial lunar eclipse on Monday. The partial phase will last almost for 1 hour and 55 minutes.

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The eclipse will only cover a small part of the Moon's southern hemisphere and will last for about an hour until 1918 GMT (23:48:10 local time). Lunar eclipse is discernible from a large part of the Earth. It is hard to see the start and end of penumbral lunar eclipse by naked eye and one must use Astronomical telescopes or highly sensitive digital cameras. "The eclipse may be undetectable unless at least half of the moon enters the penumbra", it said.

Observers in Africa, Asia and Australia will see the Partial eclipse in its entirety. The level of darkened is often described in terms of the DANJON SCALE. One such partial eclipse will take place on August 7-8, the release from Durairaj Gnanamuthu, district science officer, said. Duration of the Partial Eclipse - 1h 55m.