Longest Lunar Eclips – 101 minutes – From Nepal

Tonight’s lunar eclipse will last for 101 minutes from Nepal. Nepal will witness one of the darkest and longest total lunar eclipses of the century in the wee hours of Thursday morning. (THT)

The earth will come in between moon and the sun which will create shadow of the earth on the moon.

Also an astronomer with Balmeeki Campus in Kathmandu, Acharya informed that the peek-a-boo between the two heavenly bodies will continue for three hours and 40 minutes with the moon entering the penumbral region of earth’s shadow in the southwestern skies at 00:08 am NST and leaving it at 3:48 am NST.

During the eclipse, the moon will appear to be colourful. β€œThe moon may have reddish glow as a small fraction of sunlight gets filtered or refracted from the earth’s atmosphere and manages to reach the moon to illuminate it

The last lunar eclipse to exceed the totality of 100 minutes was in July 2000, according to the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The longest total lunar eclipse of the century, which will be five to six minutes longer than this one, will befall on July 26, 2018.
Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be observed with the bare eyes

The entire event will be visible from the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia, according to NASA’s calcuation. Though Europe will miss the early stages of the eclipse because they occur before moonrise, totality will be seen throughout the continent except a few places. On the other hand, NASA said the eastern Asia, eastern Australia, and New Zealand will miss the last stages of eclipse because they occur after moonset. The eclipse will not be visible from North America, however. πŸ˜›

Content orignally from : The Himalayan Times

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