Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Planetary Society, India, an organisation working for promotion of space sciences, has appealed to the public to view the partial lunar eclipse on December 31 and January 1.

In a statement here on Monday, society’s general secretary N. Sri Raghunandan Kumar said people must observe this celestial spectacle and promote scientific temper inspiring future astronauts and scientists of the country.

Mr. Kumar said no filters were required to watch the spectacle.

One could spot the moon in the east direction at 10.45 p.m. whereas at 00.22 if one looked above the head near to zenith, one could notice small part of the moon’s disk slowly darkening reaching maximum of 8 per cent and clearing off by 1.24 a.m.

The partial lunar eclipse on December 31 and January 1 would be visible in entire India.

Begins at 10.45 p.m.

The various phases of the eclipse would begin at 10.45 p.m. on December 31 and end at 3.00 a.m. on January 1, whereas umbral phase would begin at 00.22 a.m. and end at 1.24 a.m. on January 1.

Besides India, the phenomenon would be seen in countries like Alaska, Australia, Indonesia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Arctic regions.