Lunar eclipse puts on dazzling celestial display

However, parts of Africa and Asia, including India, will miss the total solar eclipse that is expected to occur on August 21.

Both lunar and solar eclipses occur only when one of the Moon's two orbital nodes, the points at which an object crosses a plane of reference, crosses the ecliptic or path of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun.

Our moon may be 400 times smaller than the Sun, but it is also 400 times closer to Earth.

After the rains cleared up, people came out in large numbers all over the country to watch the moment when the moon, sun and the Earth became one as they aligned in nearly a straight line.

Scientists say the next "deep" partial eclipse in the United Kingdom will take place on August 12, 2026 and the next total eclipse will be in September 2090.

Here in southern New Jersey, we're not in the path of totality.

Cloudly weather and heavy rains prevented Delhiites from viewing Lunar eclipse on August 7.

Q: Why does the shadow of an eclipse travel west to east? The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia.

Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

The total phase will begin at 2:40:51 p.m., and end at 2:42:21 for a duration of 1 minute, 30 seconds. This, in turn, leaves the Moon dark and we can see a shadow on the moon. A lucky stretch of land along the Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky borders will see two total eclipses in just seven years.

When Can You See It?

In a partial eclipse, the Moon only covers a portion of the Sun. This interactive eclipse map (link is external) will show you times for the partial and total eclipse anywhere in the world.

"Looking at the sun will damage your eyes and could cause you to go blind", said Barraclough. That could severely hurt your eyes. A comprehensive viewing guide offers a crash course in the science behind eclipses and instructions on how to safely observe the celestial phenomenon. "Our astronomy club will have a couple of telescopes set up with the solar filter attached so you will be able to see magnified views of the sun that way".