Kolkata: A partial lunar eclipse will be visible in India on September 7. Skygazers and amateur astronomers will, however, have to wait for the sky to remain clear.

The eclipse will start at 11.35 p.m. and continue till 1.07 a.m. The phenomenon will reach its greatest magnitude around midnight.

During the eclipse, only less than 20 per cent of the moon would be within the main umbral shadow, though the penumbral eclipse would commence at 10.12 p.m. on September 7 and end at 4 a.m. the next day, Director of the M.P. Birla Planetarium D.P. Duari said here on Thursday.

Best locations

The phenomenon, he said, would be best visible, almost near the zenith, from anywhere in India.

Regions of the central Indian Ocean would be the best locations for viewing.

The next lunar eclipse will be a total one on March 4, 2007. But it will be visible partly during moon set in India. PTI