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Darkest lunar eclipse in 87 yrs
AHMEDABAD, Jun 14 (Agencies):
Published on 14 Jun. 2011 10:17 PM IST
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In a day’s time you will be able to see one of the longest and darkest lunar eclipses of this century. Past midnight on Wednesday and sometime into the wee hours of Thursday, the earth will move directly in between the moon and the sun causing a total lunar eclipse.
This occurs when the earth’s shadow falls on the moon. The show in the sky will be seen between 12.53 am on and 2.32 am on Thursday said Gujarat Science City’s senior scientist Narottam Sahoo.
“This will be the darkest lunar eclipse in 87 years as the centres of the sun, the earth and the moon would be nearly in one straight line. The last such lunar eclipse was observed on August 6, 1971 and the next one will be 47 years from now on, on June 6, 2058,” said Sahoo.
Gujarat Science City has organised educational activities on Thursday including a daylong workshop and interactive sessions with experts. In the evening, arrangements will be made to view the celestial show through telescopes and via the naked eye.
A special screening of ‘Walking on the Moon’ has also been organised at IMAX.

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