New Delhi: Stargazers around the world are in for a treat as a partial lunar eclipse (lunar eclipse) is said to be the longest such eclipse in 580 years. This will happen on November 19 and will also be the last chance for sky viewers to witness the lunar eclipse in 2021.
Partial lunar eclipses may not be as spectacular as total lunar eclipses, but they do occur more frequently and are said to have a duration of 3 hours 28 minutes and 24 seconds.
Will the lunar eclipse be visible from India?
According to Debiprasad Duari, Director of Research and Academics at MP Birla Planetarium, the lunar eclipse 2021 will be visible from some areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
Debiprasad Duari told news agency PTI, “Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Assam will experience the last fleeting moments of a partial eclipse just after moonrise, which is very close to the eastern horizon.”
The partial eclipse will start at 12.48 pm and end at 4.17 pm. The maximum partial eclipse will be visible at 2.34 pm as 97 per cent of the Moon will be covered by Earth’s shadow.
There’s a partial lunar eclipse this month – but that’s not the only thing to see in the November night sky!
— NASA (@NASA) November 2, 2021
Duari said that the last time a partial lunar eclipse of such length occurred on February 18, 1440 and the next time a similar event could be observed on February 8, 2669.
Duari said 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 be seen only for a short time from these places.
The next lunar eclipse visible from India will be in November 2022.
(with agency input)