Partial Lunar Eclipse 2019: Complete guide for sky gazers

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 15 July 2019, 12:28 PM
Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth’s shadow and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 3h 01m IST
Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth’s shadow and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 3h 01m IST

The world will witness the last partial lunar eclipse “Half-Blood Thunder Moon Eclipse” of the year in India on the night of July 16, 2019, and July 17, 2019. The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth’s shadow and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 3h 01m IST when about a little more than half portion of the Moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. The partial eclipse will end at 4h 30m IST. The partial lunar eclipse will be visible from all places of India except extreme from north eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

What will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019 will be visible across Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, and some neighbouring islands), most parts of Asia, Africa and Europe except northern most Scandinavia, and most of South America. A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the earth moves between the Sun and Moon but the three celestial bodies do not form a straight line in space.

What causes lunar eclipse?

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the Moon enters Earth's umbra, while a total lunar eclipse occurs when the entire Moon enters the planet's umbra. The Moon's average orbital speed is about 1.03 km/s (2,300 mph), or a little more than its diameter per hour, so totality may last up to nearly 107 minutes. Nevertheless, the total time between the first and the last contacts of the Moon's limb with Earth's shadow is much longer and could last up to four hours.

First Published: Monday, July 15, 2019 12:28 PM
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