UAE witnesses partial lunar eclipse

The UAE and several other countries in Arab region, Africa, Central Asia, Europe and northern parts of South America, witnessed on Monday evening a partial lunar eclipse.

The eclipse began at 15: 50 GMT, and the moon started entering the shadow region at 17: 23 GMT when the eclipse was clearly visible to observers.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon, but they are not precisely aligned. Only part of the Moon's visible surface moves into the Earth's shadow.

World to witness partial lunar eclipse on Monday

The Arab world will witness a partial lunar eclipse on August 7, the International Astronomical Centre, IAC, announced on Sunday.

"Sky-gazers in the Arab world will see the celestial event, while people in remote West Africa will not be able to observe it clearly," the Abu Dhabi-based IAC said in a statement.

"The partial eclipse begins at 3:50pm and ends at 8:21pm GMT (11:21pm local time)," IAC officials said.

A partial lunar eclipse happens when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon, but they are not precisely aligned. Only part of the Moon's visible surface moves into the Earth's shadow.

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