Lunar Eclipse 2019: Visible from India on 16 and 17 July; How to watch in India?

Lunar Eclipse 2019: Visible from India on 16 and 17 July; How to watch in India: A partial lunar eclipse is going to take place and will be visible in India on the night of July 16, 2019, and July 17, 2019. According to the reports, it will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019 and the partial lunar eclipse will be visible from beginning to end from all places of India except extreme northeastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

Lunar Eclipse 2019

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the Moon and Sun in such a way that Moon is hidden in the shadow cast by Earth. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in a straight line. Hence lunar eclipse occurs only when there is a full moon.

Lunar Eclipse 2019

According to reports, the Moon will enter penumbra on July 17, 2019, at around 12:12 AM while it will exit from penumbra at 05:49 AM. Then the Moon will enter umbra at around 1.31 am and will come out of the umbra shadow at 04:29 AM. The maximum eclipse will be seen at around at 3 am.

Chandra Grahan 2019

The duration of the umbral phase will be 2h 58m 45s, while the duration of the penumbral phase will be 5h 37m 24s.

According to  Arvind Paranjpye, Director, Nehru Planetarium of Mumbai, as this eclipse is taking place in the monsoon season, there is every likelihood of hide and seek play of the celestial spectacle.

How does lunar eclipse occur?

As the Sun’s rays fall on the Earth, its shadow falls on to a patch of space. When the Moon enters the patch of shadow there is a lunar eclipse.

The patch of the shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts – one nestled inside the other.

According to Eclipse wise, the next lunar eclipse will occur on 10 Jan 2020, followed by three more in the same year. However, this will be a penumbral lunar eclipse and not the same as the upcoming partial lunar eclipse. From the same source, the next total lunar eclipse will happen on 26 May 2021 whereas the next partial lunar eclipse happens on 19 November 2021.