Await the spectacle of total lunar eclipse on Jun 15

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Kolkata, Jun 13: Await for a unique natural spectacle when India will witness the longest total lunar spectacle on Jun 15. Expected to be visible throughout India, this time around the eclipse will also have the honour of being the first lunar eclipse of the year.

According to the Director (Research and Academics), M P Birla planetarium D P Duari the lunar eclipse will be visible near the zenith. The visual treat will be visible in Kolkata from 12:52 am to 2:32 am making it the longest one in recent times. After the total eclipse, the partial one will end around 3:52 am in the early hours of Jun 16.

Apart from India, the eclipse will be visible in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia. Sky-gazers in Europe will miss the phenomenon since the initial stages of the eclipse will occur before moonrise.

Experts have said that the next lunar eclipse will also be visible in India and will be total as well on Dec 10. This one will however be shorter in duration and will last for 25 minutes, reveled Duari. He also predicted that on Jan 31, 2018, Kolkatans will be able to view the next total lunar eclipse.

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