An eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017, seems to be what everyone is eager to see. The solar eclipse is a significant astronomical event that creates exciting visibility. It may surprise you to know that eclipses occur in pairs. As such, a lunar eclipse is due on 7 and 8 August 2017.
Get to know lunar eclipse
A lunar eclipse is a rare phenomenon when the moon goes behind the Earth into the earth’s shadow. Moon is void of its light and reflects the light from the sun to the earth. Any time when the Moon, earth, and sun align, the moon has to pass into the earth’s shadow. This happens when there’s a full moon.
Some cultures address a full lunar eclipse as a blood moon. When there’s an obstruction of the direct sunlight, the light seen is refracted via the shadow of the earth. Due to the effects of particles on the light, scattering it, the light appears to be red.
Where can I watch the lunar eclipse?
It’s easier to see a lunar eclipse than the solar eclipse. Wherever it’s night time on the said date, you can see the lunar eclipse. Those staying in Europe, Australia, Africa, South and East Asia can watch the lunar eclipse on 7 and 8 August. For those who are in Sydney, the eclipse will start by 1:50 am. Ugh, and its corresponding time using the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is 3:50 pm on August 7. Also, there will be partial eclipse between 5:22 pm and 7:18 pm.
Can this be compared to solar eclipse?
Just like the other face, the solar eclipse happens when there’s a movement of the moon past the sun and earth, making the world experience darkness. As long as you’re not driving a car, lying on the road or any other road related activities, it’s safe to see this eclipse without a glass.
Also, the lunar eclipse is longer than the solar eclipse and can be viewed from various parts of the world.
One fascinating thing about eclipses is that they occur in pairs. Often, the solar eclipse occurs about two weeks before the lunar eclipse. You can watch the eclipse occur depending on your time zone.