Partial lunar eclipse late Thursday

By Indo Asian News Service | Thursday, September 07, 2006 | 4:03:56 PM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) A partial lunar eclipse will be visible through out the country late Thursday.

New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) A partial lunar eclipse will be visible through out the country late Thursday.

The eclipse will begin at 11.35 p.m. and reach its peak at 12.21 a.m. The earth's shadow will cover only 19 percent of moon. The celestial development will last for 1 hour and 33 minutes before it comes out of the shadow at 1.08 a.m.

'Though it's a partial eclipse, the development is unique. Besides eclipse and full moon day, the moon will be closer to the earth. As a result it will look 14 percent bigger than its usual size,' said N. Rathnasree, director of Nehru Planetarium in the capital.

Since it is a full moon day, the moon will rise exactly at sunset and set precisely at sunrise. The eighth planet Uranus will also be visible beside the moon Thursday night, astronomers said.

Rathnasree said for the better understanding of the development, the planetarium has organised sky watch right from the evening. 'We will also give them a presentation on the subject,' she added.

Apart from India, the eclipse will be visible from parts of Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe including the British Isles.

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