What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon. On doing so earth casts a shadow on the moon by blocking the light of the sun. There are different names for multiple forms of this arrangement : Partial Lunar Eclipse, Total Lunar Eclipse and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. This one is called Penumbral lunar eclipse.

What is Penumbral lunar eclipse?

Penumbral lunar eclipse called upchaya chandra grahan in hindi occurs when the outer/weaker shadow of the earth falls on the moon. The shadow might completely or partially cover the moon.

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How is earth affected by lunar eclipse?

There is no effect of lunar eclipse on earth like in case of solar eclipse apart from the changed effect on sea tides.

Superstitions during lunar eclipse.

  1. Banging of pots and pans : It is believed that during eclipse sun or moon is consumed by some mythical creatures or demons.
  2. Not eating or drinking : It is believed that ultraviolet rays are strong during eclipse which can make the food poisonous.
  3. Healing or Bleeding : It is believed that during eclipse cuts don’t heal properly and scars are left forever.

When will it start and end?

As per data it will start on 8:37am on July 5 and reach it’s peak 9:59am July 5 and end after 2 hours and 45 minutes on 11:22 am on July 5 (all times are in IST).

When will you be able to see the next eclipse?

The next penumbral lunar eclipse will be seen on 29-30 november.

Will you be able to witness this lunar eclipse?

Unfortunately India will not be able to observe the lunar eclipse since the Moon will be below the horizon during the eclipse. It will be visible to most parts of North America, South America, South/West Europe, much of Africa, Indian Ocean, Pacific, Antarctica, and Atlantic.

How to watch the eclipse?

These events can be seen live on youtube or via websites dedicated to these events like https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/ .

What is Buck Moon?

This Lunar eclipse will be on the same day when a Full Moon will be seen and the Full Moon in July is called Buck Moon. According to NASA blog, new antlers of buck (a male deer) push out of their foreheads during this time and the Full Moon is named after that. A Buck Moon will be seen on the same day as that of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

Some also called it the Thunder Moon because of Frequent thunderstorms in early summer months.

Guru Purnima will also be on the same day that is on 5th of July. Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima marks the birthday of Ved Vyasa. It is a spiritual tradition celebrated by Buddhist, Hindus and Jains every year on the full moon day in the Hindu Month of Ashadha(June-July) , to revere their Gurus.