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Partial lunar eclipse of August 7, 2017

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A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 7, 2017, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 18:20 UTC. It will be visible from eastern Europe, throughout most of eastern Africa, central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia.

This lunar eclipse will begin at 15:50 UTC on August 7 and peak at 18:20 UTC. This is 5 days after the Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from the Earth. During today's eclipse, the Moon is in the constellation Capricornus.

The synodic month in which this eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1170. It belongs to Saros 119 and is number 61 of 82 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.

Partial lunar eclipse August 7, 2017

By Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC. Find PDF version, here.

Today's partial lunar eclipse is followed two weeks later by a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Both of them take place during a single eclipse season.

Read more: Night sky guide for August 2017

Featured image: Partial lunar eclipse by Jeremy Michael

 

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