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Longest lunar eclipse of century to be witnessed if weather conditions remain favourable

Cloudy, dusty weather might become the villain for the once in lifetime event.


Devdicourse News Desk 19 Jul 2018, 05:06 AM
  • Cloudy, dusty weather might become the villain for the once in lifetime event. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The people may be able to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the century. The eclipse on July 27-28 will be witnessed if the weather conditions remain favourable.

Cloudy, dusty weather might become the villain for the once in lifetime event.

Sarika Gharu, an astronomer revealed: “ The lunar eclipse on July 27 is said to be the longest blood moon witnessed in 100 years. The Moon will be visible in a scarlet red hue for over 1 hour and 43 minutes, which is 40 per cent longer than any other blood moon measured in recent times. Its duration will be around three hours 55 minutes. The second phase of the partial lunar eclipse will be seen until 3.49 am.”

She further added:” There is a possibility of witnessing Delta Aquariid meteor shower about 20 times in an hour.” “Besides, the opposition of Mars will also occur on these dates, which is happening after 15 years. Mars will be close to the earth and look brighter. The last opposition of Mars, which means the Sun, Earth and the Red planet are lined up, occurred in 2003.”

“If the weather is not cloudy, we can also witness this unique astronomical phenomenon in the city. We have planned to organise unique astronomical phenomenon either in Chinar Park or in Ekant Park. The blood moon and Mars inversion do not require the aid of special eyewear. We use telescopes, to get the best view of these phenomena,” she told to the Free Press.

Providing information on the event, Director of Regional Science Centre, Prabal Roy said: “It is said to be longest Blood Moon of the century. The lunar passage will mark the total eclipse of the moon – a celestial event which happens about twice a year on an average. The total eclipse is also referred to as the Blood Moon because of the characteristic way in which the moon glows in reddish-orange colour.” “These celestial events would be tough to witness, given the cloud cover from the ongoing monsoons. So, we haven’t plan to organise an event on the day.”

The lunar eclipse will begin at 11:54 pm and is scheduled to end at 3: 49 am on 27 July.


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