Longest, darkest lunar eclipse today, Moon to turn red?

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Lunar eclipse
New Delhi, Jun 15: The wait for the rarest show in the sky is over. The longest and darkest lunar eclipse will occur today (Wednesday, Jun 15) from 12:53 AM to 2:32 AM. The most shocking news is that experts doubted that the moon will turn red after the rarest eclipse of this century.

Gujarat Science City's senior scientist Narottam Sahoo earlier said, "This will be the darkest lunar eclipse in 87 years as the centres of the sun, the earth and the moon would be nearly in one straight line."

"The last such lunar eclipse was observed on August 6, 1971 and the next one will be 47 years from now on, on June 6, 2058," added Sahoo.

Experts said that the earth will move directly in between the moon and the sun causing a total lunar eclipse which occurs when the earth's shadow falls on the moon.

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.

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