Par­tial lu­nar eclipse for 5 hours in Mecca

New Straits Times - - News -

MECCA: The Holy City ex­pe­ri­enced a par­tial lu­nar eclipse on Mon­day night, which was vis­i­ble to the naked eye, for five hours.

The eclipse be­gan at 7pm lo­cal time (12 mid­night Malaysian time) and reached its max­i­mum at 9.20pm (2.20am), then ended at 11.50pm (4.50am).

Spe­cial prayers were held at the Grand Mosque af­ter Isyak prayers dur­ing the eclipse, fol­lowed by a 15-minute ser­mon.

Tabung Haji staff and mem­bers of the me­dia took pho­tos of the event.

A par­tial lu­nar eclipse oc­curs when the Earth moves be­tween the sun and moon but all three are not pre­cisely aligned. Dur­ing this pe­riod, a part of the moon’s vis­i­ble sur­face moves into the Earth’s shadow.

The next par­tial lu­nar eclipses are ex­pected to oc­cur in July 2019, Novem­ber 2021 and Oc­to­ber 2023.

A par­tial lu­nar eclipse was seen in Mecca on Mon­day.

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