Holi and Lunar Eclipse

Today is Lunar Eclipse. 

Lunar eclipses occur when the moon dives into Earth’s shadow, during the satellite’s full phase. But eclipses don’t happen every month because the moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly out of plane with the planet’s path around the sun. 

When the moon, Earth and sun line up exactly right, a total lunar eclipse results. Partial and penumbral eclipses occur when the alignment is a little bit off. The next two lunar eclipses — in September 2016 and February 2017 — will be of the penumbral type, and a partial eclipse will follow in August 2017. The next total lunar eclipse won’t occur until January 2018. (The last one happened in September 2015.)

 

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The Lunar eclipse will take place on March 23, Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Astronomy enthusiasts and sky gazers will be able to watch penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on March 23. In India, it will be visible during moonrise in the afternoon. The Chandra Grahan will be taking place in India between 3:09 pm on March 23 to 7:25 pm on March 23, 2016. The eclipse cannot be mostly viewed by the naked eye as it will be taking place in the afternoon. The eclipse in India begins in the afternoon and ends in the evening. The time is same throughout India, as per NASA. It would be the first Lunar Eclipse out of the two lunar eclipses in 2016.

Holi is a festival of colors in India. This year Holi coincides with Lunar eclipse.
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As it is penumbral eclipse it would not be considered for any religious activities by Hindus. For eclipse watchers also, it would not be a significant event as the moon eclipse would hardly be visible through naked eyes. Further, this penumbral eclipse would be partial and the penumbral shadow of the earth would not cover the moon completely during the maximum of the eclipse. The penumbral eclipse would be visible from Asia, Australia, North America and most of the parts in South America.
On this occasion of Holi let us not waste water knowing that not everyone has access to it #respectnature

This Holi, pledge to save water using #BucketPledge.#WorldWaterDay#SaveWater#Pledge#challenge#WaterDaypic.twitter.com/w3Iv0J0LxS

— Metro Shoes (@metroshoes) March 22, 2016

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