New Delhi: The moon will turn blood red on Saturday in some parts of India during the shortest lunar eclipse of the century between 3:45pm and 7:15pm.
The 12-minute total eclipse, which will start at 5:24pm, can be seen from the northeastern cities of Aizawl in Mizoram, Dibrugarh in Assam, Imphal in Manipur, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Kohima in Nagaland.
Port Blair, Silchar in Assam, and Tezu and Roing in Arunachal Pradesh will also be able to see the red moon. During the eclipse, the moon looks red because sunlight has passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of its blue light.
All other parts of the country will be able to see a partial eclipse around 7:15pm at the end of the three-and-a-half-hour lunar eclipse.
The eclipse will be visible in the region covering eastern Asia, Australia, North America, western half of South America, Antarctica, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
The places from where the beginning of the umbral phase—when the moon will enter the Earth’s shadow—is visible at the time of moonset are Argentina, western part of Brazil, eastern part of the US and Canada. The ending of umbral phase is visible at the time of moonrise are some parts of India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and some parts of Russia.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has said that this eclipse marks the third in a series of four lunar eclipses in a row, known as a tetrad. The first occurred on 15 April 2014, the second in September, and the fourth will take place on 28 September this year.