Eclipse treat for stargazers at planetariums in Bhubaneswar, Burla

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Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the next lunar eclipse that will be partially visible for the residents of Odisha, the planetariums in Bhubaneswar and Burla will organise programmes as a treat to stargazers.

People can easily enjoy the spectacle provided the sky remains clear during the event. However, a number of activities are scheduled to be held at Pathani Samanta Planetarium here, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium and Science & Evolution Park at Burla for the sky enthusiasts.

According to reports, the entire celestial event will start from 1:31 AM on July 17.

The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth’s shadow and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 3:01 AM when about a little more than half portion of the Moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. The partial eclipse will end at 4:30 AM.

The director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium informed that the lunar eclipse is astronomical phenomenon is perfectly safe to watch with naked eyes.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned (in syzygy), with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon.

Hence, the enthusiast should enjoy the view and the night sky as the phenomenon has no adverse effect on day to day lives. However, cooking and intake of food, as well as all the rituals at the Jagannath Temple in Puri, will be suspended before the beginning of the eclipse.

Children, elderly persons and patients are exempted from the restriction in having food during the eclipse.

As per Hindu mythology, the rituals in temples will resume with the holy bath of the idols after the total eclipse. People can take food following a bath and purifying their houses with holy water at the end of the eclipse.

The partial lunar eclipse will be visible in the region covering Australia, Asia except for the northeast, Africa, Europe except northernmost Scandinavia and most of South America. The total duration of the eclipse is 2 h 59 m.

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