Lucky Indians, watch longest lunar eclipse LIVE on Dec 10

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Total Lunar Eclipse
Kolkata, Dec 9: People in India are lucky enough to witness the auspicious six hours when the last lunar eclipse of 2011 will take place on Saturday, Dec 10.

The timing of the celestial event, which will be the last lunar eclipse of the year, is - 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The celestial event will be visible for almost six hours. The total phase will begin at 7.36 pm and will end at 8.28 pm. According to sources, the maximum eclipse will be at 08:01:50 pm on Saturday.

India is one of the few lucky countries which will witness the longest total lunar eclipse. Sources informed that Saturday's lunar eclipse will be the longest one till 2018. People in and around India can watch similar kind of eclipse only on Jul 27 or Jul 28 in 2018.

Meanwhile, Sky Watchers Association of North Bengal (SWAN) executive member Tanmay Goswami informed, "West Bengal enjoys a vantage position from where all the phases of this eclipse will be visible starting at 5.03pm and continuing till 10.59pm. The duration of the entire eclipse will be around 6 hours, including the completely dark phase of 51 minutes."

"150-year-old prestigious Sidney Observatory in Australia will air SWAN's live feed through its own webcast of the event," stated another official of SWAN.

However, Saturday's total lunar eclipse will not be visible from Europe and Africa, South America.

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