A partial lunar eclipse will be visible to Qatar residents for about a half hour next Thursday night, April 25, the Qatar Meteorology Department has announced.
The lunar eclipse – the only one to take place this year – can be observed from 10:42pm to 11:25pm, the MET said in a statement on its website.
“This eclipse is a result of the passage of the moon in the earth shadow, which leads to disappearance of a part of the moon disk,” and it should be visible to the naked eye in all parts of the country, the MET added.
According to NASA:
To catch the entire event, one must be located in eastern Europe or Africa, central Asia or western Australia. At the instant of greatest eclipse the Moon will be at the zenith for an observer just east of Madagascar. Eastern parts of South America will experience moonrise with the eclipse already in progress, but none of the eclipse is visible from North America.
As per Islamic tradition, special prayers are usually offered in some mosques in Doha during the eclipse time.
Credit: Photo of 2009 partial lunar eclipse by Sam Agnew