Partial lunar eclipse tonight

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 7 tonight and will be visible from across India.

“Starting from 10.52 p m, the full moon will enter the Earth’s shadow in space and create a spectacular celestial phenomenon, which is commonly known as partial lunar eclipse. This will be the first properly visible lunar eclipse this year,” Debiprosad Duari, Director Research and Academic, M P Birla Planetarium said.

“On February 11 this year there was a penumbral eclipse of the moon. It was an event where the moon passed not through the direct shadow of the earth but through its periphery and thus it could not be discernible by most of the population,” he said.

The partial lunar eclipse this time would be visible from the whole of Asia and Australia and most parts of Europe and Africa, Duari said adding “People in North and South America will be not be able to see it because it will be daytime there.

The lunar eclipse will start at around 10.52 p m  on the night of August 7 and will continue till 00.48 a m IST. “The greatest eclipse, that is when the moon will be covered to the maximum extent will be around 11.50 p m. The magnitude of the eclipse, which means the fraction of the lunar diameter, will be eclipsed at the greatest eclipse moment at around 0.25 magnitude. The duration of the eclipse will be around 1 hour 55 minutes,” he said.

“In India, the entire total eclipse will be visible from every place. For Kolkata the moonrise will be around 5.58 pm and it will be setting on 4.34 a m next day,” Duari said.


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