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The second lunar eclipse of the year 2017 is going to take place on August 7. Earlier, the lunar eclipse took place on February 11. That was not a total penumbral eclipse. People all across the country will see the lunar eclipse taking place on August 7. This eclipse will begin at 10:52 PM and last until 12:49 AM of 8th August. It means that the total duration of the eclipse is 1 hour and 57 minutes. This is not the first time that the people will see an eclipse. But, from time to time, people had seen either partial or total lunar eclipses.

This lunar eclipse taking place on August 7 is also a partial eclipse. The ministry of earth sciences has made it clear that it will be visible from Central and East Africa, Central Russia, China, India, the Far East, and most of Australia. One thing very interesting is that the timing of lunar eclipse will be same across the globe. There will be a difference of only a few minutes. This is too much unlike Solar Eclipse where the time of the eclipse is a lot different in different parts of the world.

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Now, let me explain what the partial lunar eclipse is? A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon. This blocks the Sunlight from falling directly on the face of the moon. In partial lunar eclipse, these three celestial bodies do not come in straight line. While in full lunar eclipse these three come in a straight line. The Earth stops the entire sunlight from reaching the face of the Moon. Only a small fraction of the Moon will hide under Earth’s shadow in this partial eclipse.

People all across the globe wait for these eclipses to see different phases of the Moon. Here, it is pertinent to mention that viewing a solar eclipse with naked eyes is always dangerous. It causes various eye diseases. The governments also arrange for telescopes to let the people see this eclipse. The Nehru Planetarium is all set to set up telescopes to see this eclipse. It will help the visitors to observe the Moon before the eclipse and different phases of the Moon during the eclipse. These telescopes will set at Teen Murti Lawns on Monday night at 9 PM.