Partial lunar eclipse to be visible in India on July 17

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Sri Lanka will be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse shortly after midnight on Tuesday July 16, which is full moon Poya day.

A rare celestial phenomenon is happening on eclipse day night with Jupiter and Saturn close to the Moon. When this occurs, a small part of the moon's surface is covered by the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, known as the Umbra. The visible part of the partial eclipse begins at 1.31 a.m. on 17th with the moon enters into the Umbra - the dark part of the Earth's shadow and end up when the moon leaves the Umbra at 4.29 a.m.

"The moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 3:01 when about a little more than half portion of the moon will be covered by the Earth's shadow".

The eclipse will begin below the horizon but the initial penumbral stage is barely discernible from a regular Moon. The eclipse is going to be better seen from Australia, Africa, South America, and most parts of Europe and Asia. When it comes to the Eclipse of the moon and pushes the earth between the sun and the moon, causing the core shadow of the earth falls on the moon. In this period, the earth moves slowly further and further in front of the sun so that the moon is heading darkness slowly to its peak, and then decreases again.

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The total duration of partial lunar eclipse is 2 hours, 58 minutes. Finally, the penumbral lunar eclipse will end at 5.47 am.

What time will the eclipse be visible in the UK?

The last partial lunar Eclipse was seen in Europe in August 2017.

This is definitely one worth staying up late for - Ireland won't see another lunar eclipse for two years. Only in may were seen in the sky of shooting stars.

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