A rare celestial feat is set to occur on Wednesday at 5:18 pm IST to the delight of enthusiastic crowds all over the North-east. The phenomenon will be visible all over the world as well, naturally though at different times of the night.
The rare celestial phenomenon of Blue Moon, Super Moon and total lunar eclipse will occur after a period of 150 years and will be visible from vantage points all over the city of Guwahati as well as across the region.
In Guwahati, the district committee of rationalist voluntary organization Ellora Vigyan Mancha (EVM) have made arrangements at Gitanagar Bihu field and another at DN Singha stadium at Beltola for witnessing the rare lunar phenomenon.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences visiting professor, Dr Ranjit Choudhury said that though telescope and binoculars will be available at the venues, the phenomenon can also be witnessed through the naked eye.
Though the Lunar phenomenon will be witnessed all over the world, it will be visible at different times for different places.
In Guwahati the eclipse will start at 5:18 pm, IST and will end at about 8:41pm IST; with a total duration of 3 hours and 23 minutes.
In Imphal, the eclipse will be visible from 4:50 pm IST to 6:59 pm IST.
Professor Choudhury explained that though the second full moon in the English calendar months is termed as Blue Moon, it does not actually turn blue.
Super Moon is the phenomenon in which the moon is closest to the earth and therefore appears larger than the average size of the moon.
Due to the combination of the three rare phenomena, the Lunar Eclipse is expected to be spectacular with the moon looking larger than usual.