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Total lunar eclipse visible with naked eyes

SHANGHAI residents will be able to see the best view of a total lunar eclipse in 10 years on December 10 with their naked eyes, experts said today.

The eclipse will begin at about 7:30pm and end at 1:30am the next day. It can be seen in most parts of the city, said Tang Haiming, an official with the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory on suburban Sheshan Hill.

"If you can see the Moon, you don't need a telescope to watch the whole process of the lunar eclipse," Tang said.

The Moon will be half eclipsed around 10:30pm and fade out in the shadow of the Earth around 11pm. It will become full again at 12:17am.

The Shanghai Astronomical Observatory has linked up with the Qingdao Observatory in Shandong Province to broadcast the lunar eclipse live on its website at

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the Moon.

The next total lunar eclipse visible in Shanghai is on January 31, 2018.


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