The August moon in seen in a partial lunar eclipse rise over the Ionian sea in Zakynthos island.
The lunar eclipse on the night of August 7 had everyone in the space circuit buzzing with excitement. The event is the third of four eclipses in 2017, with the big one - dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path - coming just two weeks later.
The solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and sun to darken the daytime sky.
This eclipse and the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 are related in that they are both part of a single eclipse season.
The Moon passes through Earth's penumbral shadow. "This is because the moon's orbit is tilted with respect the earth's orbit around the sun".
"The partial eclipse begins at 3:50pm and ends at 8:21pm GMT (11:21pm local time)".
"In India, the entire total eclipse will be visible from every place". However, for astronomers such as Nagle, the event provides yet another moment to stop and reflect on where we lie in the universe. This averages out to about one and a half eclipses each year. It will not be safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye and could cause permanent damage if you attempt to do so.
A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth throws some major shade at the moon. A full moon rises just as the sun sets, mreclipse.com says, and sets just as the sun rises.
Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators or SPACE has also organised a telescopic observation for the general public at Marina Beach, Chennai.
Even though the tri-state area isn't in the complete-eclipse path, our area will be treated to a 75 percent partial eclipse, which will make proper eye protection a must. Nearly 90 percent of the sun's disc will be blocked by the moon when the eclipse reaches its maximum extent at 1:19PM.