Saturday, December 10, 2011: A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes through some portion of earth’s shadow. This can occur only when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely, with the earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon on the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and duration of an eclipse depend upon the moon’s location.

Every year there are usually two to four partial lunar eclipses, although total eclipses are rare.

Tonight, according to, we can see a total lunar eclipse in Oman.

This eclipse is expected to have around 50 minutes of totality, where the earth completely eclipses the moon, but the entire event should span close to three and a half hours.

My friend Anna called me to tell me about it, but she was just a tad bit late. I missed the “total” part of the eclipse; the shadow of the earth on the moon had already moved partially off-center.  It was still a cool thing to see, and I’m sure lots of people in Oman got to see the whole kit and caboodle.