Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible In India – India will witness a lunar eclipse on July 16 and 17. Sky gazers in India as well as most parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America are in a treat tomorrow as the partial eclipse will go on for roughly five hours.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth all align in a line, with Earth in the middle. A perfect alignment of this kind in which the Earth overshadows the Moon, is called as a Total lunar eclipse. The central, darker shadow of the Moon is called an Umbra, while the outer, lighter shadow is called as Penumbra.
In the spectacular celestial event happening on Tuesday and Wednesday, Earth will cast its shadow on the Moon. As it is going to be a partial lunar eclipse, it will start off as a penumbral lunar eclipse. The moon will then work its way, crossing through the umbra and penumbra, giving rise to the eclipse.
People in India will be able to catch the penumbral lunar eclipse from 12:13 AM IST on July 17. The penumbral eclipse will turn into a partial lunar eclipse at 01:31 AM IST and will have reached the maximum eclipse at 3 AM IST. Following that, it will once again transition into a penumbral eclipse at 4:29 AM IST which will finally end at 5:47 AM IST. This translates into 5 hours and 34 minutes of the entire lunar eclipse and a 2 hour-58-minute run of the partial lunar eclipse.
Partial Lunar Eclipse is Coming!
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Due to the ongoing Monsoon in various parts of India, rains and cloud-cast skies may play spoilsport in viewing the celestial wonder.
This is going to be the last lunar eclipse of 2019, and the last partial lunar eclipse until the next one, which will occur on November 19, 2021. As per Eclipsewise, the next lunar eclipse will happen on January 10, 2020, but it will a penumbral eclipse, as opposed to the upcoming partial eclipse. 2020 will see four penumbral lunar eclipses in all. The next total lunar eclipse is expected to occur on May 2021.