Lunar eclipse

The Department of Earth Science says the moon will start on July 27, 11:54, and then the moon will slowly cover the depth of the earth. The entire phase will begin at 1 am on July 28 and the total eclipse will continue until 2.43 in the morning.

For astronomy enthusiasts, the night of intervention on July 27th and 28th will be an exciting one, as the total eclipse lasts for 1 hour and 43 minutes – the longest eclipse of the century – can be observed. But experts say that for the city, it may be a temperate sky that may make viewing difficult.

After that, the moon will begin to emerge from the shadow of the earth, and the eclipse will eventually end at 3:49 am on July 28.

Dr. Arvind Paranjpye, director of the Nehru Planetarium, explained that in the event of the total solar eclipse, the sun, the moon and the earth are almost straight lines, and the moon is completely the shadow or umbra of the earth.

“The moon will be in the shadow of the earth at 10:30 pm on July 27, and the untrained eyes will not see anything for the next 30-40 minutes. After that, people may notice the brightness of the moon disk. Gradually changing. At 11:54 pm, the moon will be in the umbra of the Earth’s shadow, and the dark shadow will rise in the lunar disk, covering the crater of the lunar crater. This will be visible to the naked eye. In the next one In the hour, the moon will be completely within the shadow of the earth. At this time, the color of the moon disk will turn red and have a lot of color,” Paranjpye said.

He added that another celestial event will be held the same evening. The Sun and Mars, the red planet, will be located opposite each other in the middle of the Earth, causing Mars to be closer to Earth and appear brighter than ever. Although these activities are exciting, experts should be cautious.

“Don’t be too excited. Because of our monsoon in India, the sky is likely to be cloudy. Therefore, even after using the telescope, those who expect to see the surface features of Mars will be disappointed. In the case of eclipse, watch It’s also difficult, but because of the long windows, people may want to see something,” Paranjpye said.

The authorities of the International University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and the Private Astronomy Club stated that due to the monsoon, they were not sure to organize the viewing activities. IUCAA’s science educator and astronomer Sameer Dhurde confirmed that due to the cloudy sky, there are no plans to watch the event.

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha’s secretary, Sagar Gokhale, is one of the city’s oldest amateur astronomers. He said: “It will be very exciting to watch it. Usually, it can be seen by the naked eye, although we can see some telescopes. Good. Because the monsoon, the sky is cloudy, so viewing is unpredictable. It is only closer to the date we know, although usually, there are currently not many viewing activities organized.”

However, Paranjpe said that those who want to see this phenomenon should not lose hope because the Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai will host a live webcast. He said, “Details on the website near the date will be announced.”

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