Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) on July 5: Time, duration, visibility in India details, and more
Chandra Grahan 2020: After two penumbral lunar eclipses and one annular eclipse, the world will be treated to a third penumbral lunar eclipse which is all set to happen on July 5.
The upcoming lunar eclipse will be a penumbral one – similar to the other two lunar eclipses which have already occured this year.
The lunar eclipse will not be visible from India since it will be day time here. However, one can watch the live stream of the event.
The year 2020 has so far been quite an interesting time for astronomy enthusiasts. This year we have already seen two penumbral lunar eclipses and one annular solar eclipse. Now the fourth eclipse is all set to arrive soon on the night of July 5 – a penumbral lunar one.
The upcoming penumbral lunar eclipse will not be visible in a number of regions across the world. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in the parts of the North and South America and Europe and a number of regions in western Africa.
In a penumbral lunar eclipse – only the outer diffused shadow of the Earth which is called penumbra – falls on the surface of the moon. A penumbral eclipse is difficult to spot than a total eclipse or a partial eclipse of the moon.
Like total or a partial lunar eclipse where the moon gets a dark shadow or a part of it is engulfed in shadow – the penumbral lunar eclipse does not progress to a similar climax.
At best, the moon will only show a dark area which can be spotted by someone who is very observant. Eclipse expert Fred Espenak has been quoted by a report from EarthSky stating that 35 per cent of lunar eclipses are penumbral.
Since the eclipse will take place during the day time in India, viewers will not be treated to an eclipse this time. The total eclipse is expected to last for 2 hours 43 mins 24 secs