Friday, December 2, 2022

Total lunar eclipse enthrals stargazers across India

Stargazers across the country were treated to a visual delight as the earth cast its shadow on the moon in the last total lunar eclipse of the year on Tuesday.
Northeastern parts of the country including Nagaland were able to catch a glimpse of maximum obscuration of the lunar disc as the moon had already risen on the eastern horizon before the end of the totality phase at 5:12 pm.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth casts its shadow completely over a full moon, block-ing reflection of all direct sunlight from the lunar orb and dimming the colour of the moon to a reddish hue.
From most parts of India, stargazers could observe a partial lunar eclipse only as the moon rise timings across the country were during or after the total phase.
The eclipse began at 2.39 pm IST and the totality phase started at 3.46 pm.
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital, the Indian Institute of Sci-ence Education and Research, Kolkata, the Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru were among some of the institutes that had set up telescopes to watch the eclipse and organised webcast of the celestial phenomenon on their social media accounts.
The next lunar eclipse which will be visible in India is on October 28, 2023, and the same is a partial eclipse.

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