Partial lunar eclipse to be witnessed in Pakistan today

The path of totality for the August 21 eclipse in the southern United States.

And we've got more disappointing news. If part of the sun still sticks out, it's a partial eclipse.

If you are traveling to a location where the total eclipse is visible, you should remove the glasses once the sun is completely covered by the moon and put them back on at the first sign of direct sunlight.

Rex Bain, executive director of the library at 410 College St., Moulton, said the library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to provide free eclipse glasses.

The partial lunar eclipse, which occurs when the earth moves between the sun and the moon will commence at 3:22am and last around 2 hours. The moon casts a shadow on our planet.

During the five thousand year period from 2000 BCE through 3000 CE, there are 7,718 eclipses of the Moon (partial and total).

The central part of the eclipse zone where the moon is at the meridian when the eclipse occurs was only seen in Central Asia and India.

To view the partial phase of the eclipse safely, you will need to use a solar filter which meets the worldwide standard for solar viewing - ISO 12312-2. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. The eclipse starts out west near Portland, Oregon, then continues southeast through the Plains, Midwest, and Tennessee Valley, exiting the East Coast in SC. It will also pass over tiny slivers of Montana and Iowa.

And here's its projected path across our home state of SC ... For the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast.

A lunar eclipse, such as tonight's, always occurs about two weeks before or after a solar eclipse, as will happen on August 21 this month.

An illustration prepared by Pagasa showed that the eclipse will cause only a sliver of the moon to have a reddish color.

If you'd rather stay home, you can see a solar eclipse in totality from DFW on April 8, 2024, according to NASA.

In the 5000 years from 2000 BCE through 3000 CE, there will be 7,718 partial and total eclipses of the Moon. We're talking the South Pacific, and Chile and Argentina.

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