This year’s first lunar eclipse will be visible from India on January 31, 2018, It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon. Such a sky watching event hasn’t happened for more than 150 years.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are so aligned that for a certain period of time, the full moon passes through the shadow of earth in space, called earth’s umbra.

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.

On January 31 lunar eclipse will start from 5.18 pm, the total eclipse will start at 6.21 pm and it will last till 7.37 pm, he said.

The northeastern and eastern parts of the country will experience the eclipse just after the moon rises and in Kolkata, the moon will rise at around 5.17 pm, a minute before the before the start of the eclipse.

The lunar eclipse will last for 1 hour and 16 minutes in India.


When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline

Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.


Event UTC Time Time in Pune* Visible in Pune
Penumbral Eclipse begins 31 Jan, 10:51:13 31 Jan, 16:21:13 No, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse begins 31 Jan, 11:48:27 31 Jan, 17:18:27 No, below the horizon
Full Eclipse begins 31 Jan, 12:51:47 31 Jan, 18:21:47 No, below the horizon
Maximum Eclipse 31 Jan, 13:29:51 31 Jan, 18:59:51 Yes
Full Eclipse ends 31 Jan, 14:07:51 31 Jan, 19:37:51 Yes
Partial Eclipse ends 31 Jan, 15:11:11 31 Jan, 20:41:11 Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends 31 Jan, 16:08:29 31 Jan, 21:38:29 Yes


* The Moon is below the horizon in Pune some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.

The times displayed are accurate within 2-3 seconds.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.316.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.294

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 17 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 7 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 16 minutes.