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A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting the moon completely in shadow. The eclipse will start at around 7:45 a.m. EST (4:45 a.m. PST, 1245 GMT), when the shadow of the moon inches across the lunar disk.

The celestial show will be visible from parts of North America, with those in the western portions of Canada and the United States particularly well placed for the event. People in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and central and eastern Asia should also be able to catch sight of the reddened moon. (Space.com)

Those who are able to see the eclipse should perform the special Sunnah prayer, known as salah-al-Kusuf.

Please read this previous MM article to remind yourself of the significance of this celestial event, and what the prayer entails.

This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in a prayer that is possible only a few times in your life. So depending on which side of the globe you are on take the time out for this prayer.

For more info:

NORTH AMERICA: Look Up! Lunar Eclipse Will Turn Moon Red Today (Space.com)

INDIA: Watch total lunar eclipse today (Zeenews.india.com)

PAKISTAN: Lunar Eclipse on December 10, 2011 (Chowrangi.com)

UK/EUROPE: Skywatchers await lunar eclipse (bbc.co.uk)

MALAYSIA/INDONESIA: Malaysians can observe total lunar eclipse today(theborneopost.com)

MIDDLE EAST: Celestial show today (kaleejtimes.com)

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  1. A. F. Colak

    Inshallah, a total lunar eclipse will be coming on Wednesday, OCT 8. This will be my first time doing Salat ul-khusuf inshallah.
    http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2014-october-8
    More information here.
    However I have a question. The website gives us various times for various phases of the eclipse, at which of these times should I begin the prayer? The times below are for New York only.
    Penumbral Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 4:17 AM
    Partial Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 5:18 AM
    Total Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 6:27 AM
    Maximum Eclipse Oct 8 at 6:55 AM
    Also, as it is possible that the time might come during the time of fajr, what do I do?

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