• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Lunar eclipse: Monsoon clouds may block celestial event

By Chennabasaveshwar

New Delhi, July 24: Monsoon weather over India may block view of the century's longest celestial event- total lunar eclipse on Friday night. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the monsoon will continue to be active from June 19 to August 1, with above normal rainfall in northern parts of India in the week starting July 26 (Thursday).

Lunar eclipse: Monsoon clouds may block celestial event

IMD weather bulletin predicted heavy rain at isolated places likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, West Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Scientists say that people keen on watching the eclipse should take note of the weather forecasts. "Those who miss it in India because of overcast skies could still watch it online," Niruj-Mohan Ramanujam, astronomer and public outreach officer with the Astronomical Society of India told the Telegraph.

The eclipse will start at 11.54pm on Friday and last till 3.47am on Saturday. The totality phase, when the Earth's shadow completely covers the Moon, will last from 1am to 2.43am.

The eclipse will be visible from many parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America, and is likely to be webcast live from some of these sights, Ramanujam said.

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more