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Mangalore: Lunar Eclipse – Clouds Dampen Enthusiasm of Sky Gazers


Mangalore: Lunar Eclipse – Clouds Dampen Enthusiasm of Sky Gazers

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, Jun 16: The total lunar eclipse that began at 11.52 pm and ended at 3.33 am on the night of Wednesday June 15 was not properly visible to the stargazers, who were waiting to witness the phenomenon, on account of dark clouds. The eclipse, stated to be the longest and darkest of the century, failed to evoke enough enthusiasm from the general public as it occurred late night.



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While physicists term this eclipse to be the wonder of the universe, as per beliefs embedded in Hinduism, lunar eclipse spells bad luck and multitude of problems for people born on certain sun signs. As such, many people undertook rituals meant to appease the gods concerned, while a number of people visited temples to pray to the deities to provide them protection against adverse influences of the eclipse.

The priests conducted various rituals and offered puja to the presiding deities after the conclusion of the eclipse period.

Lunar Eclipse Around the Nation and World

New Delhi, Jun 16: The white glow of the Moon late on Wednesday night began turning crimson brick during the longest and the darkest lunar eclipse of this century.

The eclipse was visible all over the country, including the national capital.

In this eclipse, the sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue.

According to Nehru Planetarium director N Rathnasree, this was century's longest and darkest total lunar eclipse as the Moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth.



Bangalore


Coimbatore


Chennai


Allahabad


 Patna


Taj Mahal, Agra


Nicosia, Cyprus


Brussels


Doha Qatar (Pic by Alexis Castelino)


Sharjah (Pic by Naveen Frank)

The total phase of the eclipse was 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000 and the next such eclipse will only take place in 2141.

The penumbral lunar eclipse began at 22:54:34 IST and ended at around 04:30:45 IST, she said.

The total lunar eclipse was scheduled from 00:52:30 IST to 02:32:42 IST. The partial eclipse began at 23:52:56 IST and ended at 03:32:15 IST.

As the earth came in between the sun and the moon, its shadow first began sweeping across the moon blocking out much of its bright light. The face of the moon turned red as the shadow descended gently.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the Moon and Sun in such a way that Moon is hidden in the shadow cast by Earth.

This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in a straight line, C B Devgun from Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said.

Comment on this article

  • suresh, mumbai

    Fri, Jun 17 2011

    Hi Bennet, Kudla, you are searching the answer to your doubts in wrong platform. Here the answers that you will get is like 'ONE BLIND SHOWING WAY TO ANOTHER BLIND' I had one article about this topic with scientific explaination.If i find the article in my mail box i will come back to you.
    regards,
    suresh

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  • thyagaraj pinto, Indian/coastal Karnataka

    Thu, Jun 16 2011

    Its so nice photos i also watch out my house top this is my 2nd lunar eclipse.

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  • Dave, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 16 2011

    @Bennet,kudla- I hope to satisfy your querry.
    From scientific angle-Man(homosapien) in stone age saw nature & experienced its awesome power of distruction & feared them. He found ways to appease those powers in many ways-present rituals are continuing part of them.
    From reiligious angle-people worship nature & according to their belief- sun, moon, wind,water are worshipped as Gods.
    When Sun & Moon seems to be gobbled up by demons-people pray,offer & bathe to rid their Gods of demons.
    Scientifically there is no(significant)effect or impact strong enough to disturb the routine in any big way-apart from some increase in activity of bacterias when suns rays don't reach the earth for a few minutes( which is insignificant to affect in a bigway).During nights the activity is far too greater as sun disappears for more than 12 hours.
    Moon eclipse has no impact or ability to destroy the eyesight with ultra-violet as well as infra red rays reaching the earth despite being hidden by the shadow of earth,as solar eclipse do.
    Astrology which is not scientific in asigning diffrent effects on different people(Rashi).A bomb ped or sunami or nuclear disaster never discriminates between people of diffrent Rashi-as all those people in its potent radius get affected the same way.
    As long as rituals & traditions are followed with those beliefs that don't hurt anybody in any way-are to be encouraged than discouraged-This is what our constituion has empowered all its citizens.

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 16 2011

    Nice Pics....Thanks Daijiworld...

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  • suhail, udp/dxb

    Thu, Jun 16 2011

    i m lucky one i saw full eclipse...

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  • venkatakrishna rao , mangalore

    Thu, Jun 16 2011

    Good integration of photos,and collection, i could see the same at 12.27am

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  • Chinmayi, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 16 2011

    WONDERFUL PHOTOES, THANQ DAIJI.

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  • Bennet, Kudlaa

    Wed, Jun 15 2011

    Can somebody who has a good knowledge on this subject please enlighten our readers on the following "While physicists term this eclipse to be the wonder of the universe, as per beliefs embedded in Hinduism, lunar eclipse spells bad luck and multitude of problems for people born on certain sun signs. As such, many people undertook rituals meant to appease the gods concerned, while a number of people visited temples to pray to the deities to provide them protection against adverse influences of the eclipse.

    The priests conducted various rituals and offered puja to the presiding deities after the conclusion of the eclipse period." Is there any logic or truth in this ...

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  • Bassanta Mal, Suri

    Wed, Jun 15 2011

    I couldn't see the Lunar Eclipse because weather was bad .

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  • kaushal, ahmedabad

    Wed, Jun 15 2011

    Its a nice photo of Clouds Dampen Enthusiasm of Sky Gazers its a reality....

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