Lunar Eclipse 2020: When and how to watch in India


On Monday (November 30) will see the last lunar eclipse of the year. The ‘Upachhaya’ lunar eclipse is on Kartik Purnima this year. This lunar eclipse is also known as the penumbral full moon eclipse. A Penumbral lunar eclipse can be difficult to observe if you are not a seasoned skywatcher. The November full moon will immerse deep into the penumbra and it will cover about 82.9 per cent of the lunar disk. 

Lunar eclipse 2020: What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?

Lunar eclipses are generally of three different types, namely total, partial, and penumbral. The one that’s appearing today is the penumbral one. A penumbral lunar eclipse, which is known as Upchaya Chandra Grahan in Hindi, occurs when the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon and the Earth’s shadow covers all or part of the Moon. The eclipse is harder to spot as the shadow or penumbra is fainter compared to the dark core of the Earth’s shadow, which is called umbra. Sometimes, a penumbral lunar eclipse is also mistaken as a full Moon.

Lunar Eclipse November 30, 2020 timings:

Eclipse start time: November 30 at 1:04 pm.

Eclipse Medieval: November 30 at 3:13 pm.

Eclipse end time: November 30 at 5:22 pm.

It will not really be visible to skygazers n India. However, some parts of India may see its appearance at the time of Moonrise, according to a document provided by NASA.

How to watch the lunar eclipse live online?

You can watch the lunar eclipse live through some video streams available on YouTube or timeanddate.com. If it’s appearing in your region, you can just go outside and watch it live with your eyes.

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