Belgium sees partial lunar eclipse

18th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Local observatories were open on Saturday night to allow Belgians to witness a rare partial eclipse of the moon.

18 August 2008

BELGIUM - Saturday night provided a rare opportunity to witness a partial eclipse of the moon. Four-fifths of the moon’s surface was obscured by the earth’s shadow and many local observatories were open on Saturday night to witness the event.

Several dozen people gathered at the observatory in Hove (Antwerp province).

The cloudy weather looked like putting a dampener on the evening. However, after about an hour’s wait the clouds cleared to reveal the partial lunar eclipse.

Novices and expert star-gazers alike were clearly impressed with what they saw.

Lunar eclipse
A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.

Hence, there is always a full moon on the night of a lunar eclipse.

The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes.

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