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Penumbral lunar eclipse to occur tonight


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2023 May 05, 17:15, Kathmandu
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The penumbral lunar eclipse is occurring tonight on the full moon day.

According to the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO), the penumbral lunar eclipse is starting at approximately 8: 59 pm and ending at 1:16 am on May 6.

This is neither a partial nor a total lunar eclipse. Penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon enters the Earth's penumbra, the outer part of the shadow, informed NASO's President Suresh Bhattarai.

It is very difficult to spot this kind of eclipse with nude eye since the moon will be a bit fainter, the NASO said.

 Although the existence of this eclipse is acknowledged in scientific belief, it is not acknowledged in religious texts. Hence, no religious and cultural beliefs are applicable in this eclipse.

The astronomy, science and technology and innovation enthusiasts could take a picture of the moon tonight, weather permitting, and research why this eclipse was not counted while developing astronomy in ancient times, said the NASO.

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