New Delhi, July 28, News24 Bureau: The spectacular night is here, when the history watches the longest Lunar Eclipse of the century. The occasion mesmerises the star gazers and the astronomers.
Today's Lunar Eclipse is being termed as the Eclipse of the Century. World's longest Lunar Eclipse is here and for star-gazers and astronomers this is a great occasion as this is the longest Lunar eclipse of the 21st century taking place after a very long time. this celestial spectacle will take place between July 27 and early hours of July 28. Here is why we call this Lunar Eclipse of the century. This time, Mars comes the closest to Earth as compared to any time in the last 15 years. As a consequence, it will also appear to be the biggest and brightest in the last 15 years. At this time, Mars will be just 58 million kilometres from the Earth. In technical terms, the angular diameter of Mars as seen from the Earth will be more than 24" and it will be brighter than -2.75 magnitude. For comparison, the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, will be about 3 times fainter than Mars on that day and the average angular size of the moon is 1,800. Even at the closest approach, Mars will seem small. It would take a telescope equipped with a lens or mirror that is at least six inches in aperture to discern even the major surface features of Mars. Nonetheless, it would be an exciting opportunity to view the bright red planet right next to the red (eclipsed) Moon on that night. Here are the LIVE updates of the spectacle called Lunar Eclipse:
-The moon during the total lunar eclipse, in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya
-Delhi: Visuals of lunar eclipse through Nehru Planetarium (Source NASA)
-Varanasi: Devotees take holy dip in Ganga River's Dashashwamedh Ghat
-See how the Lunar Eclipse looks from Varanasi:
-Visuals of lunar eclipse from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala