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All you need to know about Date, Timings in India


* The eclipse will be visible almost throughout the night from all parts of the country. The eclipse will begin around 1.31 am on Wednesday. The greatest partial eclipse when the Moon will look the darkest will be around 3 am. The Moon will remain partially eclipsed till 4:29 am on Wednesday.

* Around 3:01 am on Wednesday, 65 per cent of the Moon’s diameter will be under the shadow of the Earth. On Tuesday night, only a part of the Moon will pass the Earth’s shadow.

* India will witness the next lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, when it will be a total one

* The celestial phenomenon will also be visible in parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia

* The celestial phenomenon takes place only at full Moon night, when it, the Sun and the Earth are in a perfectly straight line.

* The lunar eclipses are completely safe to view with the naked eye. One does not need a telescope to watch the lunar eclipse although a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience.

* How does lunar eclipse occur?

As the Sun’s rays fall on the Earth, its shadow falls on to a patch of space. When the Moon enters the patch of shadow there is a lunar eclipse.

The patch of the shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts – one nestled inside the other.

The outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where the Earth shadow is partial and blocks some, but not all of the Sun’s rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

When only a part of the Moon passes through the umbra, a partial lunar eclipse is seen. If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the Moon occurs.

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