Ready the telescopes: partial lunar eclipse on Saturday

Ready the telescopes: partial lunar eclipse on Saturday
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 10 30 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 10 30 AM IST
AFP
Paris: People across the world will have a chance to see a partial eclipse of the Moon on Saturday.
In a lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon are directly aligned as the Moon swings into the cone of shadow cast by our planet.
Observers on Earth will see a Moon that is partly light and partly dark, with hints of colour that depend on terrestrial conditions.
Lunar eclipses are visible wherever the Moon is above the horizon. This one will be best seen from most of Africa, Eastern Europe, central Asia, India and the Middle East.
From Western Europe and the United Kingdom, the Moon will rise during the eclipse.
It begins at 1823 GMT, when the Moon enters the lightest part of the Earth’s shadow, the penumbra. Soon after the Moon will have a slight yellowish hue.
It enters the darker part of the terrestrial shadow, the umbra, at 1936 GMT. Maximum eclipse occurs at 2110 GMT, when more than 80% of the visible side of the Moon will be within the umbra and the remainder within the penumbra.
The Moon leaves the umbra at 2244 GMT, and the eclipse finishes when it exits the penumbra at 2359 GMT.
During the eclipse, the Moon lies in front of the stars of the constellation of Capricornus, with the planet Jupiter to its right. Unlike an eclipse of the Sun, a lunar eclipse is safe to watch and needs no special equipment.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 10 30 AM IST