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Partial moon eclipse next month

RESIDENTS will see a one-hour long partial lunar eclipse on June 26, when nearly half the moon will be plunged into the earth's shadow.

The moon will enter the earth's shadow at 6:16 pm and when it rises at 7pm, people will see a dim moon with part of it missing as the earth blocks the sunlight on its surface.

At 7:39pm, the moon will be nearly half eclipsed and will be seen fully again at 9 pm, when it leaves the earth's shadow.

People can watch this astronomical event with naked eyes if the weather is clear.

This will be the first of the two lunar eclipses this year. The second will be a total lunar eclipse on December 21.

A lunar eclipse occurs only when the sun, earth and moon are aligned exactly or very closely with the earth in the middle.

Star gazers will also see a meteor shower in the constellation Bootes lighting up the night sky from June 22 to July 2. The shower will peak on June 27 when about 100 of these very swift meteors can be seen each hour under ideal conditions.


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