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» » Moon becomes centre of attraction tonight in final eclipse for the year

The final total lunar eclipse for this year is to take place on Wednesday.

Speaking to News1st, Professor in the Physical Sciences Division at the Colombo University, Chandana Jayaratne said it might be difficult for Sri Lankans to witness the event during the afternoon.

He has predicted that the lunar eclipse will begin at 5.45 p.m local time and end at 10.21 p.m when the moon enters the penumbra of the earth’s shadow.

Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America will have the opportunity to witness the lunar eclipse. He further stated however that Sri Lankans will be able to witness the lunar eclipse at 6.00 to 6.03 p.m. local time.

Professor Chandana Jayaratne said that it will be possible to witness a similar occurrence on  April 4 next year.

Prof. Jayaratne said that during Wednesday’s eclipse, one cannot see dark shadow as in total or partial lunar eclipses, but can see only a reduction of the brightness of the moon.

He went on to say that a distinct shading could be seen across the moon during its peak at 8.03 p.m.

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