Don't miss tonight's partial lunar eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the earth moves between the sun and the moon, but they are not precisely aligned.

What's rare about eclipses is not when they happen, but where.

Wayne White, who has a small observatory on his Lawrence County property, will inform the public on eclipse viewing safety at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"There is a total solar eclipse somewhere on earth nearly every year".

Solar glasses are also available for purchase online, but Critics said buyers need to be careful to avoid a scam. For the continental United States, it was 1979, and only the Pacific Northwest got to view it.

The August total eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. The last time a total solar eclipse passed across the entire continental USA was almost a hundred years ago, but it also traveled over parts of eastern Asia.

"We're learning new stuff about how the atmosphere behaves", says Angela Speck, director of astronomy at the University of Missouri. But beware of fakes!

The Nehru Planetarium here had made a decision to set up telescopes to help visitors observe the moon before the eclipse and the partial phases of the eclipse at the Teen Murti lawns. Regular sunglasses won't give you much protection either.

You can get these glasses at 6,800 certified libraries across the country. "So as long as you have a clear view south and you don't have tall buildings or trees directly in front of you - the view will be great". All that requires is a piece of paper, a pen and a relatively smooth area of ground. Walk outside during the event and cast a shadow with that paper.

When is the next one?

Nasa has a video online that outlines exactly which locations in the U.S. are the best cities to see the total solar eclipse. You will begin to notice the skies getting visibly darker around this time.

The partial eclipse will reach its peak at 1822 GMT.

Lastly, you can turn a cereal box into an eclipse projector with just a piece of paper, tape, aluminum foil and a pen.

Vanessa Coleman