Space sensation! Lunar eclipse of the century coming! Nasa shows how to watch it live
- For space watchers, things are really getting exciting as a lunar eclipse is looming and Nasa has revealed how you can see it.
Get ready to witness one of the most exceptional space phenomena of this century! You will see the longest lunar eclipse of the century in just two weeks. The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will occur on November 18 and 19 across the globe. In India, it will occur on November 19 which is Kartik Purnima, according to the Hindu calendar.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the lunar eclipse will peak around 1:30 pm IST, when the Moon will be hidden (97%) behind the Earth from the Sun's rays. During this rare celestial event, the Moon will acquire a reddish hue, which will last 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds. The longest lunar eclipse of the century before this happened in July of 2018, which lasted approximately 42 minutes.
Talking about the cause behind the lunar eclipse, it happens when Earth comes in the middle of the path of the Sun and the moon, and creates a shadow on Moon's surface. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth's cone-shaped shadow, known as the umbra, masks 100% of the Moon.
Who can see the Lunar Eclipse?
People from the places where the Moon is above the horizon can see lunar eclipse. That means, in India, people from the North-East including Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be able to have a glimpse of it. North Americans will be in the best position to witness the entire celestial phenomena as all 50 states and Mexico will be able to see it. Additionally, the lunar eclipse will be seen in Australia, East Asia, Northern Europe, and the Pacific Ocean region.
Depending on the time zone of those watching the eclipse, it will happen earlier or later in the evening. You don't need any binoculars or a telescope to witness November's Lunar eclipse, just go out and check out the moon.
How to watch lunar eclipse live
Don't break your heart if your region is not mentioned here! Those who won't be able to see the lunar eclipse directly can watch the LIVE streaming from its start to end on the ‘Times and Date' YouTube channel - here.