Partial lunar eclipse will be visible tomorrow night

April 24, 2013 17:59
Partial lunar eclipse will be visible tomorrow night

Arousing a feeling of interest, the first of the three lunar eclipses of the year will occur tomorrow, giving astro enthusiasts all over the country an opportunity to witness the celestial event.

According to N Sri Raghunandan Kumar of Planetary Society of India, a tiny sliver of the Moon will be covered by the Earth's umbral shadow at maximum of the partial lunar eclipse. This is the third shortest partial eclipse of the Moon for the 21st century, lasting just 27 minutes.

According to NASA, the shortest partial lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be on February 13, 2082, lasting only 25.5 minutes. NASA data also indicates that on September 28, 2034, the second shortest partial eclipse will last for 26.7 minutes.

The April 25-26, 2013, partial lunar eclipse will last for 27 minutes, making it the third shortest lunar eclipse of this century whilr the lunar eclipse in various phases will begin at 11:32 PM tomorrow night and end at 03:43 AM on April 26.

He continued saying that the noticeable Umbra phase will begin at 1:22 AM and end at 1:53 AM. Middle of eclipse, or when it is maximum, will occur at 1:37 AM. The eclipse will be visible in the region covering Australia, Asia (except North East. part), Africa, Europe and Antarctica, Mr Kumar said.

Interestingly, this year, a total of five eclipses, three lunar and two annular, will occur.

As a concluding fact, according to him unlike an eclipse of the sun, star wonder do not need protective eye equipment to observe a lunar eclipse.

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(AW:Samrat Biswas)

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