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Longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of century on 15th June 2011

June 15th, 2011 12.31 AM


The longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur tomorrow, giving sky enthusiasts all over the country an opportunity to witness the event.

An unusually long lunar eclipse with the Moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth will occur today.The total phase of this lunar eclipse will last 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000. The next such eclipse will only take place in 2141.

The total lunar eclipse will begin at 00:52:30 IST and end at 02:32:42 IST. While the partial eclipse will begin at 23:52:56 IST and end at 03:32:15 IST. The nakshatra which gets affected are Jeyshta and Moola nakshatra.

The next lunar eclipse to be viewed in India will be in December this year.Also, a star named 51 Ophiuchi will be occulted during the eclipse.

Dr.Ajay
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