Avid skywatchers to see partial lunar eclipse tonight

The United States is going to miss out on an awesome sight in space on Monday night

The geographic location where the shadow of an eclipse falls changes from one eclipse to the next, and the big deal about the Solar Eclipse on August 21st is that it will entirely bisect the United States from "sea to shining sea". During most of a solar eclipse, the sun will be partly blocked by the moon, making it less bright. On August 21st, that zone falls within a narrow, 70-mile-wide band, called the Path of Totality.

During the event on Tuesday, at its maximum nearly a quarter of the Moon's diameter was completely shaded from the Sun, with the rest in the Earth's part shadow, or penumbra. This is a solar eclipse. "It was an event where the moon passed not through the direct shadow of the earth but through its periphery and thus it could not be discernible by most of the population", he said. This tricks your eyes into being able to look at the sun for an extended period of time.

An annular eclipse occurs where the Moon appears to be smaller than the Sun, and its shadow could not fully cover the edges of the Sun, forming a "ring of fire".

The next partial lunar eclipse would be late July next year. They just look like little black dots crossing the sun.

Thousands and Thousands of Solar Eclipses, all these years; what would be even new, you might think?

UT Professor Elizabeth MacTavish encourages parents to experience the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21 with their children. You'll see a white circle on the paper at the end of your box and can watch as the moon eats away at its shape as the eclipse is happening!

-Why does the eclipse go from west to east? The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Over the course of 90 minutes, the eclipse will move across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and SC.

Even though the solar eclipse will begin at 11:46 a.m., the All-American Eclipse Viewing Party does not start until 1:00 p.m., just before the eclipses reaches its peak.

Lunar Eclipse 2017: The August moon in seen in a partial lunar eclipse over a ship in Zakynthos island.

When Can You See It?

Proper eyewear features lenses with thin layers of aluminum, chromium, or silver to reduce the intensity of the light radiation.

How Can You See It?

Parents often warn kids about hurting their eyes. You can also construct a pinhole camera to safely view the eclipse.

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