Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

The most significant lunar eclipse of the century thus far will take place tomorrow giving skywatchers across the globe a real treat in beholding the spectacle. The moon will be eclipse for a relatively long period of time as it is immersed deeply in the umbral darker shadow of the Earth.

Nehru Planetarium Director, N Rathnasree speaks of the event saying; "The total phase of this lunar eclipse will last 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000," she said. An eclipse of this magnitude will take place again in 2141 so it's safe to say that miss this happening and you won't get another chance to see one!

The total lunar eclipse will begin at 00:52:30 IST and end at 02:32:42 IST. The partial eclipse, meanwhile, will begin at 23:52:56 IST and end at 03:32:15 IST. It will be completely visible in Africa and central Asia and will also be able to be spotted over South America, West Africa and Europe.

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