On Saturday morning, India witnessed a unique scientific phenomenon when a comet, a full moon and an eclipse were all visible on earth at the same time. The scientific term used for such event is ‘penumbral lunar eclipse’.
During this event a green shining comet passed through earth along with a bright, shinning full moon and a lunar eclipse at the same time. This phenomenon is different from a usual eclipse as Earth’s main shadow doesn’t cover the Moon. It is also slight difficult to see as the shadowed part is slightly fainter than the rest of the Moon which makes it hard to differentiate.
This was the first lunar eclipse of the year and was supposed to be visible between 4:02:02 AM and 8:25:05 AM on February 11. The news was confirmed by Rajendra Prakash Gupt, superintendent of the government-run Jiwaji Observatory on Firday who said, “This eclipse will be visible in India.”
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Gupt also confirmed that the brightness of moon would lessen during the event and it would become hazy during the eclipse. “The Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface, and partially covers the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra,” he added.
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This is an important event as such scientific phenomenon do not occur very often. The next eclipse in this series will happen on February 22, 2035.