BENGALURU: This year has been unusual with regard to eclipses. After the January 31, Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse and the July 13 partial solar eclipse, brace yourself for another major celestial event — the Blood Moon set to take place on July 27-28 — for which the planetarium is making special arrangements, provided the weather permits.
"If the skies are clear, we will be setting up telescopes through which the general public can look at the eclipse. However, if it is cloudy, there's nothing that we can do," says Pramod Galgali, director, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be seen with the naked eye from rooftops. However, the director says, "The planetarium is also making arrangements for Mars viewing. Both the moon and Mars will be close to each other and will be visible in red."
The eclipse, which is visible across the country, will take place from 11.54pm to 3.49am. While the partial phase is between 11.54 and 1am, and 2.43 to 3.49am, the period of totality is between 1am and 2.43am.
Earlier this month, on July 13, there was a partial solar eclipse, which gave rise to several superstitions owing to its date (Friday, the 13th).
In fact, such a solar eclipse had last occurred on December 13, 1974, and the next one like it will be seen only in 2080. On the other hand, the next lunar eclipse is closer and will occur on January 21 2019, it will not be visible in India.