By Devota Mwachang’a
Tanzania will experience a partial lunar eclipse tonight and which will last about two hours.
Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) in its statement issued today said the event will take place tonight between 08:22pm to 10:18pm. from 20.22pm and 22.18pm, the peak time is expected to be at 21:20pm
In a total lunar eclipse, the moon, Earth and sun align so that Earth’s umbra entirely covers the moon, turning its face an eye-catching dark red or brown
“There is no effect related to weather patterns” TMA allayed fear among citizens.
During a partial lunar eclipse, only part of Earth’s umbra covers the moon. This is because the alignment of sun-Earth-moon is not perfect, and Earth’s shadow instead appears to take only a bite out of the moon rather than engulf it completely. Sky gazers will notice that a portion of the moon’s face has turned dark as it enters the umbra
In a total lunar eclipse, the moon, Earth and sun align so that Earth’s umbra entirely covers the moon, turning its face an eye-catching dark red or brown. Hence, a lunar eclipse can occur only the night of a full moon.
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon is obscured by the thinnest parts of Earth’s shadow, causing a subtle change in its color that often only the astute sky gazer will notice.