Longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years to be visible in Northeast India | Check out timing here

Northeast, Nov 13: The world is all set to witness the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years on 19 November. This longest partial lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of Northeast India.

The rare phenomenon will be visible from some of the areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam along with North America, South America, eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific region.

On November 2, US space agency NASA said that a partial lunar eclipse took place overnight on November 18th and 19th, when the Moon slips into Earth’s shadow for a couple of hours.

The longest partial lunar eclipse will start at 12.48 pm and end at 4.17 pm. The duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours 28 minutes and 24 seconds.

As per the source, a few areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will experience the last fleeting moments of the partial eclipse just after the moonrise, very close to the eastern horizon.

The last time a partial lunar eclipse of such length occurred was on February 18, 1440, and the next time a similar phenomenon can be witnessed will be on February 8, 2669, he told the news agency.

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The maximum partial eclipse will be visible at 2.34 pm as 97% of the moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. The moon is likely to appear blood-red in colour, which happens when the red beams of the sunlight pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and get least deflected and fall on the moon.

The penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the sun, earth, and the 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 it can be seen only briefly from these places, he said, adding that a penumbral eclipse is not as spectacular and dramatic as the partial eclipse and sometimes does not even get noticed.

The last lunar eclipse was on July 27, 2018. The next lunar eclipse will be on May 16, 2022, but it will not be visible from India. The next lunar eclipse to be visible from India will be on November 8, 2022.