Chandra Grahan 2020: Here's all you need to know about time, duration, and where it can be seen

Chandra Grahan 2020: Here's all you need to know about time, duration, and where it can be seen
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The last lunar eclipse for 2020 will take place on November 30, 2020. This eclipse will be a penumbral one, meaning it will be a partial eclipse in which only a portion of the moon will be shadowed. Moreover, this eclipse can be seen from countries including North and South America, Australia, and parts of Asia. In India, most states will not be able to see the lunar eclipse as the moon will be below the horizon.

Timing and duration of the eclipse

The eclipse that will happen on November 30, 2020 will start at 01:04 PM (IST) and will last until 05:22 PM (IST), as per timeanddate.com.
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The maximum eclipse will be observed at 03:13 PM (IST). The total duration of the eclipse will be 04 hours 18 minutes and 11 seconds.

Description of the penumbral eclipse on November 30

Astronomers call the kind of eclipse that will happen on November 30, a penumbral lunar eclipse. During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon will only be partially darkened by the earth’s shadow.

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On November 30, 2020, 83% of the moon’s disc will be shadowed partially by the shadow of the earth. This will result in a gentle gradient of the shadow across the moon’s disc at the maximum spot.

Grand finale of the lunar eclipse series in 2020

There are a total of four lunar eclipses in 2020. The first one occurred on January 10. The second lunar eclipse took place on June 5, and the third eclipse on July 5. The fourth lunar eclipse will take place today (November 30), and will be the grand finale of the eclipse series for the year 2020.

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Eclipses are very interesting astronomical phenomena and generate wonder and curiosity in people. Moon is closely associated with our life, science, culture, literature and arts and hence the lunar eclipse always triggers the interests of people, especially sky watchers.



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