Inmate escapes from a work release center in Decatur

40-year-old Michael Parker escaped from a Decatur Work Release Center around 1:50 a.m. on August 6.(

People excited about the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will get a sneak peek tonight, though if you live in North America, you will have to do your sky gazing online.

Much of the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to see a partial eclipse of the moon Aug. 7-8. The lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, peaking at today at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The event is the third of four eclipses in 2017, with the big one – dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path – coming just two weeks later.

You can watch the partial lunar eclipse at Slooh here. The webcast will run through 3:20 p.m. EDT with special guests and live eclipse views form observatories in Africa, Asia an and Australia. You can also watch live on Space.com here.

The August 7-8 moon will be a full moon, known to native Americans as a Full Sturgeon Moon in recognition of its prime time for catching the fish. The moon was also known as the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

Tonight’s full moon will be the last before the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. That eclipse’s path of totality will cut a 70-mile wide swath from Oregon to South Carolina, plunging some areas into darkness for as long as two-and-a-half minutes.. The event is expected to bring millions out to prime viewing spots to see as the moon completely blocks the sun.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moved between the Earth and the sun. According to Space.com, the three do not align perfectly, leaving a small area of the moon’s shadow covered by a dark part of the Earth’s shadow – the umbra. The rest of the moon is covered by the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, called the penumbra.

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