BENGALURU: Clouds might spoil the party for Bengalureans who wish to view the lunar eclipse and the blood moon on Friday night. The meteorological department has predicted a light cloud cover.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium director Pramod Galgali has also said that the decision to make arrangements for viewing the moon is subject to clear skies.
The eclipse, which can be seen from all over the country, will occur from 11.54 pm to 3.49 am. The partial phase will be between 11.54 and 1 am, and between 2.43 am and 3.49 am, while the total phase will occur between 1 am and 2.43 am. A ‘blood moon,’ where the moon appears reddish, will also be visible.
Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) director GS Srinivasa Reddy said intermittent clouds are expected to be present on Friday night. “But presence of heavy cloud cover is unlikely. There might be periods when moon will be covered with clouds, but appear at intervals,” he said.
In case the planetarium decides to go ahead with the arrangements, they would set up telescopes through which the general public can view the eclipse. Earlier this month, on July 13, a partial solar eclipse had occurred, which had given rise to several superstitions owing to it falling on Friday, the 13th.