Chandra Grahan 2020: The 2020 Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan will be taking place on the 30th of November.
This is a celestial occurrence when the Earth blocks off the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon. Meaning, the two Celestial bodies form a straight line with the Earth. Therefore Lunar Eclipse or the Chandra Grahan shall be a grand occurrence for everyone to speculate from the Earth.
Now, Lunar Eclipses can be of 3 types:
- Total Lunar Eclipse
- Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.
Total Lunar Eclipse:
A total lunar eclipse is when the Earth completely covers the Moon, shadowing it from the shadow.
At times, the Moon under the shadow can turn reddish. And this phenomenon is known as the Blood Moon.
At times, the total eclipse can occur on a Full Moon day and is known as the syzygy. This is an astronomical term in Greek which means “being paired together”.
Partial Lunar Eclipse:
When the Sun, Earth, and Moon do not completely align during a Lunar Eclipse, it is known as the Partial Lunar Eclipse.
Meaning, they do not form a straight line. Here, a small part of the Moon stays under the complete shadow of the Earth.
A Partial Lunar Eclipse occurs on a Full Moon date. However, it is not always the case. And this is due to the inclination of the Moon’s orbital plane.
The Moon’s path around the Earth is 5° to the Earth’s orbital plane. And this is around the Sun, where the two orbital nodes meet, giving it the name “Lunar Nodes.”
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:
The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is when all these 3 celestial planets align imperfectly. During this, the Earth blocks off some of the Sun’s rays from hitting the Moon. Moreover, the Earth’s outer shadow falls directly on the Moon. And this phenomenon is known as the Penumbra.
The Date and Time for Lunar Eclipse 2020
As mentioned above, the 2020 Lunar Eclipse shall take place on 30th November the fall on a Monday.
As this shall be on a Karthik Purnima, the eclipse shall be at 1:04 PM, ending at 5:22 PM, peaking at 3:13 PM.
Meaning, the eclipse shall be for 2 hours 45 minutes.
The Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse
Internationally, the Lunar Eclipse is best visible from:
- North America
- South America
These places, according to the date and time, shall have the best weather to have the best visibility of the 2020 Lunar Eclipse.
The Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse in India
The Chandra Grahan or the Lunar Eclipse in India shall be best visible from:
- Uttar Pradesh
Preparation for Looking at a Lunar Eclipse
These are the best equipment to keep with yourself while checking out the 2020 Lunar Eclipse:
- A flashlight to keep yourself alert of the surrounding
- Camera to take beautiful images of the eclipse
- A pair of binoculars for a closer look
- Some extra batteries to keep your camera charged.
The Lunar Eclipse 2020 is phenomenal and exciting for everyone interested in the celestial occurrence.