Lunar Eclipse 2019: Know timings to watch coincidence taking place after 149 years

Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan takes place when Earth comes between Moon and Sun. A partial lunar eclipse will be visible today in India.

Jul 16, 2019 16:19 IST
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Lunar Eclipse 2019: A partial lunar eclipse can be watched almost throughout the night from all parts of the India. The Moon will go darkest after midnight period. This astronomical phenomenon will also be visible in parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Lunar Eclipse 2019 Timing

People of India can watch lunar eclipse starting from 12.13 am on 17 July 2019. It will reach maximum eclipse at 3:00 am but it will transit into a partial lunar eclipse at 1.31 am. After that, this will enter into penumbral lunar eclipse after the partial lunar eclipse ends at 4.29 am.  This will end at 5.47 am. As a whole it will be active for 5 hours and 34 minutes while the partial lunar eclipse will be running for a total duration of 2 hours and 58 minutes.

A special coincidence after 149 years

This year’s lunar eclipse is also important because of its position. Lunar eclipse which is also known as Chandra Grahan and is taking place with Guru Purnima at the same day after 149 years. The Moon should be about half-covered by the Earth’s shadow at maximum eclipse. This is the last lunar eclipse of this year and the next lunar eclipse will take place on May 26, 2021.

Where to Watch Lunar Eclipse 2019?

This will be the last lunar eclipse of year 2019. People of the various areas in the world like Europe, Africa, South America and Australia can watch this lunar eclipse. In India, people who are living near western and central region can see the entire lunar eclipse. But, people living in the eastern part of the country will be able to watch partial lunar eclipse. Apart from India, partial Lunar Eclipse will be witnessed in many parts of the world. Various regions of Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa can also watch this astronomical phenomena.

How to Watch Lunar Eclipse 2019?

Lunar eclipse can be watched directly with naked eyes. Scientists believed that people should avoid superstitions related with lunar eclipses. This celestial event can be enjoyed from own residences. The event will be visible only if the night sky is clear.

What is Lunar Eclipse?

When Moon passes exactly behind the Earth and into its shadow a lunar eclipse occurs. It happens when the Sun, Moon and the Earth come exactly or very closely aligned. It is also important to know that a lunar eclipse occurs only on the full moon night. It is also important to know that length and type of a lunar eclipse depend on the Moon's proximity to either node of its orbit.

Types of Lunar Eclipse

•    When Earth casts its shadow on the Moon a lunar eclipse occurs. This shadow has two types of shadows called umbra and penumbra. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely passes through the umbra or when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are correctly aligned.
•    Partial lunar eclipse occurs on the Earth when Moon partially crosses through the umbra and penumbra.
•    When the Moon doesn’t fall in the umbera but present in the penumbra, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs.

Next Lunar Eclipse

Next penumbral lunar eclipse will be occurred on January 10, 2020. However, three more lunar eclipses will be held in that same year. Next partial lunar eclipse happens on 19 November 2021 and next total lunar eclipse will happen on 26 May 2021.

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