Astrophile – Lunar Eclipse


Come and witness the celestial hide and seek of shadows! We welcome you to witness the Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st January 2018 at Bayview Cafe. This is going to be a rare opportunity for astronomy enthusiasts from Mumbai as the next two total lunar eclipses at Mumbai – 27 July, 2018 and 7 September, 2025 – will occur during monsoon and will be most likely blocked by the overcast skies. Next total lunar eclipse visible from Mumbai is going to be after 10 years on 31st December, 2028.

Date: Wednesday, 31st January 2018
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Venue: Bayview Cafe, Colaba (

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Astrophile – Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon lie in a straight line (called “Syzygy”) which causes the Earth’s shadow to fall on the Moon. The lighter shadow is called “Penumbra” and the darker shadow is called “Umbra”. Penumbral eclipse is not detectable from naked eyes. A total lunar eclipse is when Moon is completely engulfed by the Umbra. However, the Moon doesn’t appear completely dark during a total lunar eclipse as some sunlight creeps in due to refraction from the Earth’s atmosphere. This is also the reason behind the Moon appearing reddish during a total lunar eclipse.

The Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st January from Mumbai will start with the Moon below the horizon. This means that the Moon will be already eclipsed when it rises from the Eastern horizon. The various stages of the eclipse occur are given below as per India Standard Time (IST):

Penumbral Eclipse begins at 16:21:13, Moon below the horizon
Partial Eclipse begins at 17:18:27, Moon below the horizon
Full Eclipse begins at 18:21:47, Moon below the horizon

Moon rises at 18:33

Maximum Eclipse at 18:59:51
Full Eclipse ends at 19:37:51
Partial Eclipse ends at 20:41:11
Penumbral Eclipse ends at 21:38:29

Inclusion –

  1. Native Fees
  2. French Fries, Sandwiches, Aerated Beverages (Jain & Vegetarian)
  3. Printed resources
  4. Telescopes

For any queries, contact us at +91-7710082844.

Additional Information

General guidelines –

  1. Reach the meeting place on time!
  2. Children below 12 years should have a guardian accompanying them. 
  3. A list of ‘Dos and Don’ts would be provided before the observation.
  4. Washroom facilities are available.

About Space Geeks

Space Geeks Mumbai is a group of young researchers committed to giving value-added enrichment in Astronomy and Space Science to enthusiasts, especially in and around Mumbai. It was founded by Ankush (presently working at NASA), Chintamani and Virendra. The mission of this group is to enhance and share a scientific understanding of the universe among enthusiasts. The group has been actively involved in conducting stargazing and meteor shower observation sessions from the outskirts of Mumbai, in which they focus on delivering introductory knowledge of Astronomy and Space Science and spread their love of the celestial wonders.

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