Partial Lunar Eclipse 2019: First visible lunar eclipse of the year to occur on July 16 and 17
The lunar eclipse is expected to start from 1:31 am. The expected duration of the eclipse is around 2 hours and 58 minutes and will end at 4:29 AM in the morning.
India is going to witness, a partial lunar eclipse on July 16 and 17. The lunar eclipse is expected to start from 1:31 am. The expected duration of the eclipse is around 2 hours and 58 minutes and will end at 4:29 AM in the morning.
This is the second lunar eclipse occurring in 2019. The first that occurred on 20 and 21 January 2019 was not visible in India. But this lunar eclipse will be visible in parts of Asia and Europe and also to people living in Africa, Australia, and South America.
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is eclipsed by the shadow of the earth. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun is eclipsed by the movement of the moon when it comes in between the earth and the sun.
The lunar event which will occur on July 16 and 17 is called partial lunar eclipse. As the name suggests, it will be partial. This means that all three celestial bodies - namely the earth, the moon, and the sun will not be in a straight line. When they are in a straight line, placed exactly in front of each other, a full eclipse occurs. Since they will not be aligned in a straight line, only part of the moon will be eclipsed by the earth.
On July 16, the moon will be in between the sun and the earth but slightly off the straight line causing a partial lunar eclipse. The earth will be in the middle and will block the light that falls on the moon from the sun. As the moon shines by taking light from the sun, it will cause partial visibility of the moon, which is also called partial lunar eclipse.
The partial lunar eclipse will be visible across India, apart from the extreme northeastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. Maximum eclipse is expected to occur at 3:01 am in the morning.
Guru Purnima and partial lunar eclipse are going to fall on the same day. This mutual occurrence of the event is happening after a gap of 149 years. This makes it significant for religious communities. Guru Purnima is a spiritual tradition that is celebrated to give thanks and respect to academic and spiritual teachers.