Bhubaneswar, July 16 (LocalWire): A rare lunar eclipse will occur tonight that will be visible almost throughout the night. People can watch the eclipse from 12.13 am. It will reach maximum eclipse at 3:00 am but it will transit into a partial lunar eclipse at 1.31 am.
The partial lunar eclipse ends at 4.29 am and the penumbral lunar eclipse will end at 5.47 am.
As a whole it will be active for 5 hours and 34 minutes while the partial lunar eclipse will be running for a total duration of 2 hours and 58 minutes, said Subhendu Pattnaik, deputy director of the Pathani Samanta Planetarium, here.
After 15 years, Mars will be seen quite close to Earth’s orbit thus causing a ‘Super Moon’. This year’s lunar eclipse is coinciding with Guru Purnima after 149 years.
The moon will be half-covered by the Earth’s shadow at maximum eclipse. This is the last lunar eclipse of this year and the next lunar eclipse will take place on May 26, 2021.
As per NASA, this kind of lunar eclipse is rare in occurrence and thus, would be a sight worth watching.
A number of activities will be held by sky enthusiasts at Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium and Science and Evolution Park at Burla.
As per the Hindu beliefs, an eclipse is considered inauspicious and therefore, no religious ritual can be performed for a specified period of time before, during and after it occurs.
Among other practices observed during an eclipse, temple doors are kept shut for a specific period of time. The rituals at Puri Srimandir will be suspended after 4 pm.
The Puri temple administration said a special ritual will be conducted in the temple post eclipse.