Sunday, 12 June 2011

Lunar eclipse on 15th June 2011

The darkest total lunar eclipse of this century, which will be visible throughout India, will occur June 15. On the night of June 15, the sun, earth and moon will come in a straight line and the earth's shadow will eclipse the full moon passing through it. As the moon slips into the earth's "umbra" (dark shadow), it will slowly assume a coppery red colour, making it a not to be missed spectacle.

The lunar eclipse will start at 23:53 p.m. and end at 03:32 a.m. on June 16, and will be visible all over India, the Middle East, southern Europe and northern Africa.This will be the darkest lunar eclipse over the Indian skies this century. The previous darkest lunar eclipse took place four decades back, on Aug 6, 1971 and the next one would be 47 years from now on, on June 6, 2058. The year's second and final lunar eclipse will occur Dec 10, but it will be visible only in Eurasia, Australia and north-western parts of North America.

Earlier this year, two solar eclipses have also occurred but they were not visible in India.The third solar eclipse will be another partial solar eclipse on July 1. This too will not be visible from India.

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