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Slim hope to view eclipse in Shanghai

People in some areas of China will be able to observe a penumbral lunar eclipse today but Shanghai residents may not be so lucky, astronomy experts said yesterday.

The eclipse, visible without any devices, begins at 5:48am, said Tang Haiming, an official with the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. But he said residents in Shanghai will have a very slim chance to observe it due to unfavorable conditions.

Shi Zhicheng, an astronomical expert in Tianjin, said China’s western areas will have better conditions to observe the eclipse.

The whole moon will be  fully covered about 7:50am and the whole process will end at 9:52am.

The astronomical phenomenon, known as Appulse Lunar, occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle darkening of the moon’s surface.



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