Latvia to see partial lunar eclipse next week

Get ready to witness the lunar eclipse on August 7 [VIDEO]

Arrangements in place for lunar eclipse

Star-gazers in the Arab world should keep their eyes peeled on Monday (August 7) for a partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from 7.50pm to 11.21pm GST.

The astronomical phenomenon will be visible if the skies are not covered by clouds.

The duration of the total eclipse will be five hours and one minute, while the duration of partial phase of lunar eclipse will be one hour and fifty five minutes. The best conditions for observing the eclipse will be in eastern Latvia where the sun will be setting a bit sooner. Philippine Standard Time (PST) and will end at 3:18 a.m.

The eclipse will begin at 1550 GMT, and the moon will start entering the shadow region at 1723 GMT, the report said, quoting the International Astronomy Center. But those of us lucky enough to be in a good position for the solar eclipse are going to miss out on an entirely different celestial sight this coming Monday night, when a lunar eclipse will give those in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia a reason to stare at the stars.

Lunar eclipses also have the advantage of being visible from the entire hemisphere of the Earth where the Moon is above the horizon, rather than being most impressive along a narrow track. Depending on the size of the eclipse, a dark red or rust colour, or simply a charcoal grey may appear on the shadowed portion of the lunar surface. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes first through the penumbra, taking about an hour, moving eastward by its own diameter in this time, to reach the western edge of the umbra.

All phases of lunar eclipse will be seen over Qatar sky.

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