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Friday African Sky: Lunar Eclipse Marvel Friday African Sky: Lunar Eclipse Marvel pic by Grace Khombe
The night skies of Malawi and surrounding neighbors Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia turned a rare marvel last evening when, for a historic moment, when the moon passed directly behind the earth and into its shadow.
Scores of people stepped out of their homes and, for the historic moment, stared into the African skies to catch a gripes of the exact alignment of the sun, earth and the moon.
This occurs every year but only for some countries at a time across the globe where the earth will block sunlight from reaching the moon, thereby casting a blood-red shadow on the moon.
"This is stunning. Amazing and historic for me. It's natures beauty in the sky," said Mariam Kadwala-Dzazi of area 25 in Lilongwe.
According to Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe, at this moment, only the sun’s outer shadow fell on the moon hence the shadow cast.
Nkhokwe assured that the spectacular site has no negative effect on humans and encouraged Malawians to want to experience it as part of history in the universe.
“If there is anything beautiful to watch, then it is the eclipse of the moon. It cannot harm you unlike the eclipse of the sun,” he said.
The eclipse of the moon, also called lunar eclipse or blood moon, was visible from around 19.7hrs to around 23.12hrs. 
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