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Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date, Time in India, significance

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date, Time in India, significance

The greatest eclipse will be visible at 01:22PST on July 28.

It means that star gazers hoping to witness the lunar eclipse are likely to be disappointed. This period of complete lunar eclipse - known as "totality", is the time when the moon appears darkest or reddish in colour.

Total lunar eclipse is very rare and only 30 per cent of all lunar eclipses are total.

It will be visible from Europe, Africa and the Middle East between sunset and midnight on July 27 and visible from Asia and Australia between midnight and sunrise on July 28. In India, Chandra Grahan will be visible from cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Mumbai among others.

In addition, the Earth is closer to the Sun during the northern hemisphere summer so its shadow is larger than average, he said.

It will cast the Moon into shadow for one hour and 43 minutes, during which its colour will appear to be anything from orange to a deep crimson.

"The maximum of the eclipse occurs at 21.21 BST, but the upper edge of the Moon won't rise from Belfast until 21:27 BST". If you want to watch online the lunar eclipse live stream, just read on for the stream and everything you need to know about the phenomenon.

What is Total Lunar Eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking out the sun's light and casting a shadow on the lunar surface. Some sunlight still reaches the moon, but first it goes through the Earth's atmosphere.

Earlier this year, on 31 Januray 2018, we all got treated to a rare celestial event - the Super Blue Blood Moon.

Q&A Where and when can I see the "blood moon"?

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

Dr Gregory Brown, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "We miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts".

According to Sky and Telescope magazine, Cambridge, Mars will appear bigger and appear twice as bright as Jupiter, which is also prominent in the evening sky. It's when the eclipsed Moon can be seen on one horizon, while the rising Sun can also be observed near the opposite horizon. This happens every 26 months.

How does a chandra grahan occur?

In India, there are several myths associated with the eclipse. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar. A binocular, however, will give a better view of the spectacular celestial event.

No other Lunar Eclipse will be as long as this in the century. One should avoid alcohol, non-vegetarian foods, high protein foods etc.