Tonight's Full Moon Starts the Countdown to the Total Solar Eclipse

Posted August 09, 2017

Lunar Eclipse 2017: The August moon in seen in a partial lunar eclipse over a ship in Zakynthos island.

But in Flower Mound, while it won't be a total eclipse, you will be able to see the moon cover up most of the sun.

The lunar eclipse will begin at 11:50 a.m. EDT (1550 GMT) and peak at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT).

Australia's next total eclipse will take place on January 31 of next year. "Cows on some farms will maybe think its time to go back into the barn - you know a lot of things happen both up in space and on the ground".

Solar and lunar eclipses happen in pairs, with one preceding the other usually by two weeks.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and the moon.

A total eclipse, where the whole moon was cast in the Earth's shadow, was also expected early next year.

A local amateur astronomy enthusiast will provide insight at a Lawrence County Public Library program about the upcoming solar eclipse.

Courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), here's an interactive map showing exactly how the eclipse will impact specific locations across the country. "These glasses will block out 99.99 percent of the sun's light so you can safely view the eclipse".

People around the world will be waiting in anticipation to watch as the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow and sending part of the moon into darkness.

Lunar Eclipse 2017: The rising moon is seen during a partial lunar eclipse behind the chimney stacks of an electric power station in Delimara, outside the village of Marsaxlokk, Malta. Total eclipses are special because they allow us to see the outermost layers of the sun, called the chromosphere and the corona.

The sun is 400 times bigger than the moon, but the moon is 400 times closer to Earth. As long as skies aren't too cloudy, skygazers stand a good chance of being able to witness this eclipse as it happens, though it won't be visible in the United States, which is now gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on August 21.