Lunar Eclipse 2021: The world will witness the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years next week, on November 19. The eclipse will also be visible from North America, South America, East Asia, Australia, the Pacific region, and parts of northeastern India.
On November 2, the US space agency NASA said that a partial lunar eclipse is on the way, taking place during the night of November 18 and 19, when the Moon slides into Earth’s shadow for a couple of hours.
“Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from anywhere the Moon appears above the horizon during the eclipse. Depending on your time zone, it will occur earlier or later in the evening for you,” he said.
In India, the rare phenomenon will be visible from some areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, MP Birla Planetarium Director of Research and Scholar Debiprosad Duari told PTI.
The partial eclipse will begin at 12.48 pm and end at 4.17 pm. The duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds, making it the longest in 580 years, Duari said.
Some areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will experience the last fleeting moments of the partial eclipse just after moonrise, very close to the eastern horizon, the astrophysicist said.
The last time a partial lunar eclipse of such duration occurred was on February 18, 1440, and the next time a similar phenomenon can be witnessed will be on February 8, 2669, he told the news agency.
The maximum partial eclipse will be visible at 2.34 pm since 97% of the moon will be covered by the shadow of the Earth. The moon is likely to be blood-red in color, which occurs when red rays from sunlight pass through Earth’s atmosphere and are less deflected and fall on the moon.
The penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are imperfectly aligned, will begin at 11.32 am and end at 5.33 pm.
The penumbral eclipse will be visible from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, but can only be seen briefly from these locations, he said, adding that a penumbral eclipse is not as spectacular and dramatic as the partial eclipse and sometimes, it is not. even get noticed.
The last lunar eclipse was on July 27, 2018. The next lunar eclipse will be on May 16, 2022, but it will not be visible from India. The next lunar eclipse visible from India will be on November 8, 2022.
(With PTI inputs)
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