Total lunar eclipse leaves enthusiasts spell bound
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Dec 10: This year's last total lunar eclipse today presented a celestial spectacle for people all over the country, including those in the national capital, in the pre-dusk hours.
In a clear sky over the national capital, the full moon slowly slipped into the earth's darker shadow starting just after 5.02 PM.
"The lunar eclipse started at 5:02 PM and could be seen with naked eyes," Director of Nehru Planetarium, N Rathnasree said.
Astronomy enthusiasts and sky-gazers gathered at the Nehru Planetarium and India Gate to watch the moon's bright white glow giving way to a cerise red.
Amateur Astronomers Association, in association with the Nehru Planetarium, had set up telescopes and cameras to enable people watch and take photographs of the celestial phenomenon.
"It was a memorable experience. I saw the moon slipping into the darker shadow," Shreyansh, a school student, said.
The maximum eclipse was seen at 20:01:50 PM IST.
The eclipse began at 5.02 PM and will end at 11.02 PM.
While the noticeable Umbra phase began at 6.15 PM, it will end at 9.48 PM.
The sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue.
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