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On 22nd May, 2016 at 4.47p.m. IST Celestial Phenomena of “Planet Mars Opposition to Sun” will occur. A planet is at opposition when it is directly opposite to Sun from our viewpoint on Earth. In other words during course its journey around Sun Planet Earth will have Faceoff with Planet Mars tomorrow.
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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 23 March 2016
On 23 March 2016 2nd of Five Eclipses of this Year which is a Lunar Eclipse will Occur. This Eclipse is "Penumbral Lunar Eclipse" . Timings : 3.07 pm. to 7.27 p.m. However in India Moon rises only after 6 pm. Hence example for People in Hyderabad eclipse is from 6.27 p.m. to 7.27 p.m. Note: Scientifically speaking though Penumbral Eclipse occur naturally, they are not noticeable to naked Eye.Posted by Planetary Society, India on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Jupiter Opposition on 8 March 2016 - Spot Jupiter Closest Visible Brightest, Biggest for Many Weeks to Come
Celestial Phenomena of “Jupiter Opposition to Sun” will occur on 8th March 2016. Because of which Jupiter will be closest it can get to earth in year 2016. Importantly it will appear brighter and bigger for many weeks to come. Further on 8th March 2016 or many days follow one can spot Jupiter while looking opposite direction to Sunrise or Sunset. It would be above head at Midnight.
Explanation : Opposition – Jupiter Opposition: A planet (during course of its journey around sun) is said to be at opposition when it is directly opposite the Sun from our viewpoint on Earth. The result is that the planet is fully illuminated by the Sun and appears disk-like. Importantly during opposition the planet in question would be at its closest approach and thus would appear more big and brighter than usual. At this point Sun-Earth- Planet would be in a straight line opposite to each other. Though planet is at opposition for only one day, nevertheless for visual purposes it is almost as good for viewing for a couple of weeks to a Month before and after opposition. Jupiter oppositions occur every 13 months. The last opposition of Jupiter occurred on 6th February, 2015 and the next will be on 8th April 2017.
On 8th March, 2016 – Jupiter Closest: minimum distance of Jupiter from earth is 588 Million kilometers approx. Whereas the Maximum distance is 967 Million km approx. On the 8th March 2016 Jupiter will reach closest point at 4.435 AU A.U. or 663 million km which is very close to its min. distance from earth.
A Total Solar Eclipse will occur on 9th March, 2016. This eclipse in India is visible partially in major parts of the country except some parts of North West and western parts of India. This is first Solar Eclipse of the Year and only one visible until year 2019 Dec 26th from India.
How much of Sun Disk – Covered by Moon - Percentage of Obscuration- India (8% to 49%): No doubt some parts of Indonesia enjoy 100% of Sun disk covered by Moon. However situation in India to observe this eclipse is not bad either. In India obscuration of the Sun by the Moon ranges from 8.2% to 49 % depending on location of Observer from Sunrise to 6.49 a.m.
Timings of Eclipse - Various phases & Total Phase: This eclipse in various phases would begin from 4.49 a.m. to 10.05 a.m. whereas the Total Phase is from 5.47 a.m. to 9.08 a.m.