Cloudy skies obscure lunar eclipse

Many Sri Lankans keen to witness the last lunar eclipse of the year, which began yesterday at 5.03 pm and ended at 11pm, were disappointed because of poor visibility caused by bad weather.
Visibility was better in areas such as Dambulla than in areas such as Colombo, where a heavy cloud cover blocked the moon sighting.

The total eclipse of the moon, when the Earth’s shadow completely covered the moon, lasted from 7:36 pm t o 8:27 pm.In lunar eclipses, the moon does not disappear completely but becomes dim and reddish in colour.

The next complete lunar eclipse to be visible in Sri Lanka is expected to take place in 2014.
The lunar eclipse coincided with the Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day, which fell yesterday.
The images above were captured by Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa in Dambulla.

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