Lunar Eclipse 2018 observed at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre


Arunachal Pradesh Science centre witness the rarest Lunar Eclipse in the night sky of Itanagar on 31st January 2018.  CD Mungyak, Director cum Member Secretary, A.P. State Council for Science & Technology and other senior scientist of council were also present during the watching of lunar eclipse.

The rare celestial phenomenon was witnessed by more than 150 students from various school such as Him International School, Kingcup School, Vivekananda Central School and Vivekananda Residential Public School Elezar English School etc.

In his address to the students  CD Mungyak, encourage the students to be a front runner to participate in such kind of programmes. He informed that why this lunar eclipse is so hyped and what is Super moon and blue moon.

The moon is providing a rare triple treat blue moon and a super moon, and total lunar eclipse  all rolled into one.

The beauty of this event, the turning of moon into reddish copper colour was also explained. “During a total lunar Eclipse the moon gets shadowed by the Earth, but the red part of sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere gets scattered by the atmosphere and falls on the moon surface thereby making the Moon take a reddish copper hue,” also called  as “Blood Moon”.

Blue Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. Since this is the second full moon in the same month, it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon.

Super moon: The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

The A.P. Science centre has also facilitated to witness the phenomenon through Celestron digital Telescope.


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