The earth will move between the sun and the moon tonight, making for a three-hour partial lunar eclipse. Sky-watchers will not miss this chance. The eclipse will start at 1.30 a.m. tonight and the greater part of the eclipse will be at around 3 a.m. when the moon will look the darkest.
This celestial phenomenon will be visible entirely from all parts of the country, including parts of South America, Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. This phenomenon only takes place when the sun, the moon and the earth are in a perfect straight line. When the sun’s rays fall on the earth, it’s shadow falls on a patch of space. When the moon enters this patch of shadow, then a lunar eclipse takes place.
The Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple and it’s 22 satellite temples in Madurai would remain closed on account of the partial lunar eclipse. Devotees therefore would not be allowed inside the temple from 6.30 p.m. onward. Once the eclipse is over at 4. 30 a.m., then the doors of the temple would be opened at 5.30 a.m.