Since the year began, a lot of information about the super eclipse has been doing rounds on the internet. You might have come across at least one news piece talking about this crazy phenomenon. You must be wondering what’s so great about this eclipse. Let us tell you more!
This type of eclipse happens only once in 151 years and the best part about it is- you can see a total eclipse in India this time. You will not just be able to witness a super moon but you’ll also see a blood moon and blue moon. So, basically, you will be able to witness a total of 3 phenomena at once! Now, this is absolutely a rare phenomenon now, isn’t it?
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse is a natural phenomenon which occurs when the earth stands perfectly between the moon and the sun making the moon disappear. This year, after 151 long years, you will be able to witness the moon in 3 different forms- a blue moon, a supermoon and finally the blood moon- all in the same night!
The last time anybody encountered a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse in Asia was sometime in December 1982. For the sky enthusiasts in India, it is happening for the first time in 35 years. What a time to be alive, isn’t it?
What time will the eclipse be visible in India?
In India, the eclipse will begin around 5:18 pm (17:18 IST) and it is said that a total eclipse will happen at 6:21 pm (18:21 IST). The duration of the total lunar eclipse will remain till 07:37 pm (19:37 IST).
After the eclipse, the moon will slowly emerge out of the shadow of the earth and the partial eclipse will come to an end by 08:41 pm (20:41 IST). The totality of eclipse will last for about 1 hour 16 minutes.
Do you need any special gear to experience this phenomenon?
Absolutely not! The moon is said to be 7% bigger and 14% brighter than usual, so ditch the telescope and binoculars and watch the sky light up.
When is the next lunar eclipse?
The next lunar eclipse is said to be on July 27, 2018. However, there won’t be any special phenomenon like Blue Moon and Supermoon.
Are you ready to experience the phenomenon of a lifetime?