Lunar Eclipse 2020: Date & Timings of Chandra Grahan 2020 & How to Watch Third Penumbral Lunar Eclipse In India?

Lunar Eclipse 2020 Date & Time: Worldwide People are waiting to watch the third lunar eclipse which is in July 2020, a month after experiencing a spectacular solar eclipse. This time, people across the world can witness the lunar eclipse on July 4th, 2020 i.e., Saturday night, as per the Eastern Time and that will mark the end of the eclipse season will be observed on July 5th.

This Chandra Grahan 2020 will be a ‘Penumbral Lunar Eclipse’ and it coincides with the Full moon of the month, called Buck Moon or Thunder Moon. Here is all you need to know about the July 2020 lunar eclipse.

Chandra Grahan 2020 When and How to Watch Third Penumbra Lunar Eclipse of 2020?

Tonight’s Lunar eclipse 2020 event will be visible from parts of North America, South America, and Africa. In the parts of North and South America and Africa, people can watch this penumbral Lunar eclipse 2020. However, the other countries can also witness this third lunar eclipse via a live streaming option. Need more information about July 2020 lunar eclipse, then keep on reading this article till to an end and get complete details like listed below. Click on the required link and collect all the information regarding Third Penumbra Lunar Eclipse in 2020. 

What is Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?

Eclipse is described as forming or partial forming of light from one celestial body by another celestial body. So, when Earth blocks the light from Moon it is known as lunar eclipse and it can only occur at the full moon day as the Sun, Earth, and Moon formed in a line in space, with Earth in the middle. In a year, lunar eclipses can occur from two to five times. There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.

In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth, the penumbra falls on the moon’s face. With the comparison of a total or partial eclipse, a penumbral lunar eclipse is complex and difficult to witness. Its impossible to identify from a dark bite and the eclipse never progresses to reach the dramatic minutes of totality either. While the penumbral lunar eclipse, very bright people might see a dark shading on the moon’s face. None will look at the moon and might see nothing special.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Date and Timings

Lunar eclipse 2020 Timings in india

In 2020, the third lunar eclipse is going to take place on the intercepting night of July 4th to July 5th. But for India, it completely observes on July 5th, 2020. Indian people can enjoy lunar eclipse along with one more special occasion called Guru Purnima 2020 on Sunday. Well, the duration of this penumbral lunar eclipse is 2 hrs and 45 minutes.

According to IST timing, the lunar eclipse will start at 8:37 am in the morning and will end at 11:22 am. As per the report, the third lunar eclipse maximum extent will be at 9:59 am. The following points, say at what time does Chandra Grahan observe in various countries timings.

  • The Third Penumbral Eclipse starts on July 5 at 3:07 UTC /8:37 AM IST. According to Eastern Time, it begins on July 4 at 11:07 PM.
  • The maximum of the eclipse will be on July 5 at 4:29 UTC /9:59 AM IST. According to Eastern Time, it will be on July 5 at 12:29 AM.
  • The Third Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will end on July 5 at 5:52 UTC /11:22 AM IST. According to Eastern Time, it will end on July 5 at 1:52 AM.

Who & How to Watch Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?

This time, Chandra Grahan will not be visible in India because of the day timings. But, people in North America, South America, South/West Europe, much of Africa, Indian Ocean, Pacific, Antarctica, and Atlantic can watch it. Indian people can’t able to witness the Chandra Grahan this time directly because it occurs in the day time in India. Thus, the moon will not be visible.

But there are several live streaming channels that telecast such celestial events for the audience from other parts of the world. So, people from anywhere can enjoy the lunar eclipse with a live-streaming at home on their TV’s or Mobile Phones.

Do’s and Dont’s during Upachaya Chandra Grahan 2020

Read the following points and take care during the lunar eclipse 2020:

  • Indian Myth says that during the lunar or solar eclipse, people should avoid eating and bathing as it is believed an inauspicious time.
  • Some people observe fast during this time. But, this is a penumbra lunar eclipse so Sutak is not applicable.
  • Sky gazers and astronomy enthusiasts consider that it is not just a divine phenomenon and also won’t believe that it leaves both positive and negative impacts on people’s horoscope.
  • Furthermore, on the Chandra Grahan day, some believe that pregnant women must not look at the eclipse or even come in contact with the rays because it shows a harmful effect on fetus development.
  • People should also avoid sleeping during this period.

When is the next lunar eclipse?

The next penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on 29th November 2020 (Sunday) which will be a fourth lunar eclipse in the year 2020. This time, all four lunar eclipses in 2020 are penumbral.

FAQs on Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 2020 in India

1. When is the Third Lunar Eclipse in 2020?

This time, the third lunar eclipse is a penumbral lunar eclipse and it is witnessed on July 5th, 2020 (Sunday). This year, Guru Purnima and Chandra Grahan events are observed on the same date.

2. Does July 2020 Lunar Eclipse occur in India?

Yes, but this lunar eclipse can’t visible mostly from any parts of India. The eclipse will occur on July 5th, 2020. It will commence at 8:38 am as per the Indian Standard Timing (IST) on 5 July 2020, and reach the maximum eclipse at 9:59 am and it ends at 11:22 am as per the IST Timings in India.

3.  What time is tonight’s lunar eclipse?

Tonight’s Chandra Grahan is going to start at 11:07 PM (local time) on July 4th, 2020 and the penumbral eclipse will end at 1:52 AM on July 5, 2020, as per the eastern timings.

4. How many lunar eclipses will there be in 2020?

In the year 2020, you will observe 4 lunar eclipses. Totally 6 eclipses will be witnessed, 2 solar eclipses, and 4 lunar eclipses. July 5th, 2020 Chandran Grahan is the third penumbral lunar eclipse in the year 2020.

5. What is the duration of the third Lunar eclipse in 2020?

The third lunar eclipse of 2020 is a “Penumbra Lunar Eclipse” and will have a duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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