New Delhi: A total lunar eclipse will occur on Wednesday, May 26, but it will be visible in the country only for a short span from northeastern India, some parts of West Bengal, coastal parts of Odisha and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the eclipse will be visible in the region covering South America, North America, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.Also Read - Lunar Eclipse 2021: What to Eat, Precautions For Pregnant Women and Other Crucial Things to Remember
“From India, just after moonrise, ending of partial phase of the eclipse will be visible for a short span of time from the northeastern parts (except Sikkim), some parts of West Bengal, some costal parts of Odisha and Andaman and Nicobar Islands,” the IMD said. Also Read - Chandra Grahan 2021: Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse Since 1440 To Be Visible in India Today. Check Timings
The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 3.15 pm and end at 6.23 pm, while the total phase will begin at 4.39 pm and end at 4.58 pm. The eclipse can be seen from Port Blair from 5.38 pm and viewed for 45 minutes, the longest time. It can be seen from Puri and Malda from 6.21 pm but can only be viewed for two minutes. Also Read - Lunar Eclipse 2021: Longest Partial Chandra Grahan To Occur On Nov 19 After 580 Years. Check Timings Here
Next lunar eclipse
The next lunar eclipse will be visible from India on November 19. It will be a partial lunar eclipse. The ending of the partial phase of which will be visible for a very short span of time just after moonrise from extreme northeastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
What’s a lunar eclipse?
Lunar eclipse occurs on a full moon day when the Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon and all the three objects are aligned. A total lunar eclipse will occur when the whole Moon comes under the umbral shadow of the Earth and the partial lunar eclipse occurs when only a part of the Moon comes under the umbral shadow of the Earth.
(With inputs from PTI)