Longest, darkest lunar eclipse of the century

first_imgA partial lunar eclipse that was observed in New Delhi on Thursday. A total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines.The moon’s bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth’s shadow during the century’s longest and darkest lunar eclipse. The awesome spectacle of the moon being eclipsed was visible all over the country, including the national Capital.The full moon appeared much dimmer than usual, but sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue.”This was the century’s longest and darkest total lunar eclipse as the moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth,” Nehru Planetarium Director N. Rathnasree said.The total phase of the eclipse lasted 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000.The next such eclipse will take place in 2141.”The penumbral lunar eclipse began at 22:54:34 IST and will end at 04:30:45 IST,” Rathnasree said. The total lunar eclipse began at 00:52:30 IST and ended at 02:32:42 IST.As the earth came in between the sun and the moon, its shadow first began sweeping across the moon blocking out much of its bright light and as the shadow descended gently, the moon’s face turned red.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the moon and sun in such a way that moon is hidden in the shadow cast by the Earth.”This can occur only when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned in a straight line,” C.B. Devgun from Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said.advertisement”People living in eastern Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia were able to watch the entire eclipse, from beginning to end,” Arvind Paranjpye, scientific officer of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, said.”Thursday’s eclipse is also one of the darkest due to the ashes thrown into the Earth’s atmosphere by the recent eruption of Iceland’s most active volcano, Grimsvotn,” he said. An all night lunar eclipse ‘Moon Carnival’ was celebrated by sky enthusiasts in the Capital.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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