New Delhi, Apr 25 (): The April full moon will get through the shadow of Earth tonight, April 25, Thursday as it is one of the shallowest and shortest partial lunar eclipses of this century.
The partial lunar eclipse will happen on the intervening night of April 25-26-starting at 11:31 pm and ending at 3:43 am and would be visible from all parts of India. The noticeable Umbra phase will start at 1.22 am and end at 1.53 am. Middle of eclipse, or when it is maximum, will occur at 1.37 am.
Officials said on Wednesday that this will be the first of the three eclipses of 2013. This year, a total of five eclipses, three lunar and two annular, will occur.
The shadow of the Earth will hide one percent of the moon. The moon will not turn red but will get slightly darker than usual.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon, Earth and sun line up, with the moon situated on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.
Today’s lunar eclipse may be the best lunar eclipse of 2013. It will not be as impressive as the stunning total lunar eclipse, when the entire moon is hidden by the shadow of the Earth. The moon can turn into blood-red colour during total lunar eclipse, due to light refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere.
Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) president CB Devgun said today’s partial lunar eclipse will be the third shortest partial eclipse of the Moon for the 21st century, lasting 27 minutes.
NASA stated the shortest partial lunar eclipse of the 21st century will fall on February 13, 2082, lasting only 25.5 minutes. The space agency also indicates that the second shortest partial eclipse will be on September 28, 2034 lasting for 26.7 minutes.
The partial lunar eclipse that falls on April 25-26, 2013, will last for 27 minutes, making it the third shortest lunar eclipse of this century.
The eclipse will be also visible in the region covering Africa, Europe, Asia, except N.E. part, Australia and Antarctica. The lunar event will not be visible for U.S. stargazers but they can watch the sight live online in free webcasts.