Lunar eclipse on May 5; Will it be visible from Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: Just two weeks after hybrid solar eclipse on April 20, here’s another great news for skygazers as they can watch a rare celestial event called ‘penumbral lunar eclipse’ on May 5.

A penumbral lunar eclipse is a rare phenomenon. During the eclipse, the Moon passes deep into the outer part of Earth’s shadow, known as penumbra.

The eclipse on May 5 will be visible in most parts on the Earth. This includes Asia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean.

This will be year’s first penumbral lunar eclipse, which will be visible in the country as well as Odisha. As per Indian Standard Time, the rare celestial event will begin at 8.44 pm. The Maximum eclipse will occur at 10.52 pm. It will end at 1.01 am on May 6, informed Subhendu Patnaik, the Deputy Director of Bhubaneswar-based Pathani Samanta Planetarium.

However, the penumbral lunar eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, he added.

What is penumbral lunar eclipse

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow on Full Moon Day. Due to the imperfect alignment of Sun, Moon and Earth, our planet blocks Sunlight from directly reaching the Moon and covers entire part of the Moon.

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