Total Lunar eclipse today, Visible in India

HYDERABAD, Jan 30:  The First Eclipse among Five Eclipses (3 Solar & 2 Lunar) of the year 2018 will occur on Wednesday.
Planetary Society, India Director N Sri Raghunandan Kumar said on Tuesday that this eclipse is a Total Lunar Eclipse and Visible from India. Across the world, this Eclipse will be visible in the region covering North America except Eastern part, Oceania, Russia, Asia, Middle East, northern Scandanavia and Eastern Europe.
This Eclipse is visible from entire India. Wherein after Year 2011 i.e.after 7 Years it is first time that the entire country  will witness “TOTALITY PHASE” (when Moon Disk completely hidden in Earth Shadow). Unlike previous year only few places in India saw a Totality phase.
Mr Raghunandan said the next visible Eclipse which will occur is on  July 27, 2018 which is a Total Lunar Eclipse and visible from entire India in its all phases. Whereas the last time Lunar Eclipse visible in India occurred on  August 7, 2017 which however was partial Lunar Eclipse.
On the Gist of Eclipses in the Year 2018, he said there will be a total Lunar Eclipse ( January 31 2018) , Partial Solar Eclipse (16 February 2018), Partial Solar Eclipse (13 July 2018), Total Lunar Eclipse (27th July 2018) , Partial Solar Eclipse (on 11 August, 2018).
He said eclipse in various phases begins at 4.19 p.m tomorrow  and ends at 9.40 p.m. The noticeable Umbral phase begins at 5.18p.m. and ends at 8.42 p.m.
Whereas from 6.21 p.m. to 7.38 p.m. the totality phase (Moon completely hidden in Earth Shadow) occurs. In other words: Though astronomically speaking Eclipse begins at 4.19 p.m. with moon entering lighter Shadow of Earth. People can noticeably witness darkening (or leaving) of Moon’s disk by Earth Shadow between 5.18 p.m. to 8.41 p.m.
However in most of India Moon rises around 6 pm when Eclipse already begin. Whereas places in North Eastern States like Agartala, Aijawl, Cooch Bihar, Darjeeling, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Kohima, Kolkatta, Mushidabad, Shilong, Silchar, Silguri and Port Blair appreciate all visible phases (i.e. Beginning of Umbral) of the eclipse as for them Moon rises before 5.18 p.m. For rest of country will miss beginning of umbral phase as Moon rises late.
Once in a “Blue Moon” : Further the full moon on January 31 is a Second Full Moon in January. Which doesn’t make Moon appear blue.
Super Moon  Eclipse: the Moon visible on January 31 will be 14% Bigger and 30% Brighter. because though Full Moon occur every month. It doesn’t always happen on the day when moon close to earth.
Whereas on tomorrow Moon will reach closest point to Earth called “Perigee” during course of its journey around Earth. And So full moon occurring on January when moon still close to earth makes it “Supermoon”.
Kalam Observation Center : Considering various celestial events & Chandryaan II launch PSI invites schools to host “Kalam Observation Center” for observation & outreach activities.
People can visit www.ournewplanets.info for details, the Planetary Society Founder Secretary said.
On the Blue Moon Special, Mr Kumar said it is  not a 152 Year Old Event! But Unique in 2 Centuries for India: it has been reported in social media that “Occurrence of Total Lunar Eclipse on Blue Moon day (Second Full in a Month) occurred in 1886.
As for as India is concerned in 1982 on December 30 there was a Lunar Eclipse. Also it was Second full moon of December 1982. i.e. Lunar Eclipse on Blue Moon in India occurred in 1982.
However though the Total Lunar Eclipse on December 30 1982 occurred on Blue Moon Day. It was visible partially across India. Whereas few places in North East had glimpse of Totality for few Minutes. Because on that day Eclipse begin even before Moon Rise in most of India.
Hence, the Planetary Society Director told UNI that the total Lunar Eclipse of  Jan 31,  2018 gives people across India to see the Totality Phase right from beginning to End. Hence for people in Indian Subcontinent it’s still for first such event in last Two Centuries on Blue Moon Day. (PTI)