India to witness partial lunar eclipse

New Delhi, Apr 24 : People across India are all set to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Thursday that will last for only 27 minutes.

It will be the third shortest lunar eclipse of the century.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the moon enters the Umbra (the innermost and darkest part of a shadow).

When the moon travels completely into the earth's Umbra then one observes a total lunar eclipse.

The eclipse will start from 11:32 pm on Thursday night and will end at 3:43 am on Friday, reports said.

People can witness the celestial phenomenon in the region covering Asia (except North Eastern region), Australia, Europe, Africa and Antarctica.

--IBNS (Posted on 24-04-2013)

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