Lunar Eclipse 2020: What is a lunar eclipse or eclipse of the Moon? What causes the eclipses and why? What is the frequency of lunar eclipse and when is the next?, When is Lunar Eclipse in India? The readers will learn the answers to many such questions in this article on lunar eclipses 2020? when
Highlight about Lunar Eclipse 2020
- Not the real lunar eclipse, it is the penumbral lunar eclipse, will not be visible in India
- Mainly visible in Europe, the USA, Australia, Pacific, and Antarctica
- In Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the Moon passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow
- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is subtle and difficult to watch
- This year, the third lunar eclipse has begun at 8:37 am today
- This year 3 lunar eclipses happened till date on January 10, June 5, July 5
- The next lunar eclipse will take place on November 30
- The creative energy, Maya along with the Kaal Brahm eclipsed our intellect
- Know Eternal Truth and the path of devotion to free self-soul from the bondage
Time and Date of Lunar Eclipse 2020
Chandra Grahan time and date 2020: This year, the third lunar eclipse of 2020 has begun on Sunday, the 5th of July. According to Indian time, the lunar eclipse began at 8:37 am and ended at 11.22 am. The lunar eclipse peaked at 11.22 am. According to astrology, the eclipse is supposed for 2 hours 43 minutes.
What is the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?
When the earth comes between the sun and the moon, that is, the sun, the earth, and the moon are in a straight line, there is a lunar eclipse, but when the earth is between the sun and the moon, and the three are not in a straight line, there is a penumbral lunar eclipse.
What are the rules followed during the eclipse?
According to astrologers, the lunar eclipse was not visible in India. In such a situation, it did not impact adversely. It is believed that the Spinach ( सूतक or Sootak) period begins 9 hours before the lunar eclipse, but there is not a lunar eclipse in India, so it was not considered as a Spinach ( सूतक or Sootak) period.
Lunar Eclipse 2020 info: The Spinach (सूतक or Sootak) period is not recognized in the penumbral lunar eclipse So there is no need to panic anymore. Many people follow the rules during the eclipse period even though the Spinach ( सूतक or Sootak) is not considered valid.
Let us know the rules of spinach
- As soon as the eclipse begins, the person should start remembrance of God and pray to relieve the agony of the moon.
- Food should be kept clean at the time of a lunar eclipse. Tulsi leaves should be poured into the food during the eclipse.
- If possible, Kusha grass can also be poured. It eliminates the effect of hazardous energy emanating during the eclipse. Pouring basil leaves into milk, food, and water avoids the bad effects of the eclipse.
- The moon is given suffering during the lunar eclipse. Rahu and Ketu catch the moon. The moon tries to avoid them. Rahu and Ketu are powerful.
- To avoid this sorrow situation and inauspiciousness, it is said to worship Lord Shiva.
Scientific Aspects of Lunar Eclipses
The Moon comprises of a cold, rocky body about 3,476 km in diameter. Moon has no light of its own, but it shines due to the reflection of sunlight from its surface. The Moon completes one orbit of Earth in about every 29 and a half days. Since moon circles our planet, its changing position concerning the Sun causes the natural satellite to cycle through several phases:
- New Moon
- New Crescent
- First Quarter
- Waxing Gibbous
- Full Moon
- Waning Gibbous
- Last Quarter
- Old Crescent
- New Moon (again)
What is the significance of the Moon phases?
The New Moon phase cannot be seen because the illuminated side of the Moon is faced away from Earth. The other phases are seen to us as the Moon cycles month after month. Did the readers realize that the word month denotes the Moon’s 29.5-day period?
In ancient times people used the Moon’s monthly cycle to measure the passage of time. Even today, Hebrew, Muslim, and Chinese calendars are synchronized to the phases of the Moon and are known as lunar calendars.
Lunar Eclipse 2020: The full Moon rises at sunset and is visible throughout the night. The Sun rises just as the Full Moon sets at the end of the night. Such a phenomenon does not appear in other phases of the Moon as only the Full Moon is directly opposite the Sun in the sky. The readers should note that Full Moon poses special significance regarding formation eclipses.
What is the Geometry during an Eclipse of the Moon
There are two types of shadows of Earth known as the penumbra and the umbra.
Types of Lunar Eclipses
As we informed earlier lunar eclipse (an eclipse of the Moon) occurs only when the Full Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. This shadow is composed of two cone-shaped components, one nested inside the other. When the Earth blocks a part of the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon, this is a zone known as the outer or penumbral shadow. In contrast, when the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon, this is the region known as the inner or umbral shadow.
There are three basic types of Eclipses of Moon
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
In this type of lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow. Such events are for academic interest since they are subtle and difficult to watch.
Partial Lunar Eclipse
In this type of lunar eclipse, a portion of the Moon passes through Earth’s umbral shadow. Such events are easy to watch, even with the naked eye.
Total Lunar Eclipse
In this type of lunar eclipse, the entire Moon passes through Earth’s umbral shadow. Such events are quite noticeable due to the Moon’s vibrant red color during totality.
Why don’t eclipse occur every month during Full Moon?
The orbit of the Moon around the Earth is tipped about 5 degrees to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. It implies that the Moon spends most of the time either above or below the plane of Earth’s orbit. Since Earth’s shadows lie exactly in the same plane, therefore, the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun becomes important.
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Lunar Eclipse 2020: The reader will notice that during Full Moon, our natural satellite usually passes above or below Earth’s shadows and therefore misses them entirely. That is the reason no eclipse takes place. But there are two to four instances every year, the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth’s penumbral or umbral shadows, and at that time one of the three types of eclipses occurs.
How a lunar eclipse is different from a solar eclipse?
The readers now know what lunar eclipse is. Similarly, a solar eclipse (an eclipse of the Sun) happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. A solar eclipse takes place only when the Moon is in the New Moon phase.
Why Does Moon Look Red During a Total Lunar Eclipse?
The Earth blocks the Sunlight from reaching the Moon during a total lunar eclipse. Interestingly the astronauts on the Moon would then observe the Earth completely eclipse the Sun. They would also observe a bright red ring around the Earth like all the sunrises and sunsets. It is the time when the Moon remains completely within Earth’s umbral shadow, but indirect sunlight still manages to reach on the moon and illuminate it.
Lunar Eclipse 2020: Here it is important to understand that this sunlight first passes deep through the Earth’s atmosphere where most of the blue-colored light is filtered out. Out of seven color spectrums, the remaining light is a deep red or orange and it is considerably dimmer than natural white sunlight. The atmosphere of Earth also refracts lights and a small fraction illuminates the Moon.
Observing Lunar Eclipses
It is not advisable to observe the solar eclipses from naked eyes, but lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch. One can watch a lunar eclipse without any protective filters or even not necessary to use a telescope. Everyone can watch the lunar eclipse with his own eyes. A standard pair of 7×35 or 7×50 binoculars work fine to magnify the view to make the red coloration brighter and easier to see.
How often partial and total lunar eclipses occur?
Total 7,718 eclipses of the Moon (partial and total) have taken place in past the five-thousand-year period from 2000 BCE through 3000 CE. That means on average about one and a half eclipses happened each year. In a single year, the number of lunar eclipses can range from 0 to 3. Interestingly in the year 1982, 3 total lunar eclipses occurred in one calendar. As compared to total eclipses the partial eclipses are slightly outnumbered by 7 to 6.
Let us know 10 mysteries of the moon
The lunar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the earth arrives between the sun and the moon. Along with the lunar eclipse, let us know 10 mysteries of the moon that you may not know.
- Luna is a Latin language word which means brightness or brighter, the moon is also called Chandra, Chandrma or Chanda mama in India. It shines like a white circle in the night.
- The moon is located about 384,400 km away from Earth. This distance is approximately 30 times the width of the earth. That is, the distance from the moon to the earth is 30 times the width of the Earth.
- The moon is a satellite of earth which revolves in the orbit around the Earth.
- All full moons are not of the same size. Their size depends on the distance from the earth. The Moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical. The size of the moon depends on whether the moon is in its apogee (far from the earth) or perigee (near earth). The size of the moon may seem up to 14% higher.
- The closer the moon is to the Earth, the larger the tide on earth and the worse the weather. This is due to the increase of gravity due to the moon being closer to the Earth.
- It is believed that on the full moon day, the gravity of the moon affects the water present in the human brain, causing some people to behave in madness or irrational.
- Whereas the moon has a diameter of 3,475 km, the Earth has a diameter of 12,756 km. That is, the diameter of the Earth is four times larger than the diameter of the moon.
- The moon has no atmosphere, so its temperature is unstable. Sometimes its temperature is -200 °C and sometimes reaches up to 200°C.
- The moon is 4 times smaller than the Earth, and it is 400 times smaller than the sun. Meaning the moon is the smallest and the sun is the largest amongst the three.
- A full day on the Moon equals about 29.5 days of Earth.
The Real Life Eclipse of Intellect
The creative energy, Maya along with the Kaal Brahm under an unholy alliance has plotted against the soul and has captured them in their bondage. It was an actual eclipse by them on our intellect that we could not decide by our conscience. Even today we worship them in the disguise of our mother and father forgetting that the parents never cheat. On another side, our real Supreme Father is always worried about our wellbeing.
Sometimes He descends on earth either as a Jinda Baba or a Green Baba (Al-Khidr) or as a child on a lotus flower (Kavirdev, कविर्देव, Allahu Kabir). He conveys the knowledge of Eternal Truth and the path of devotion for salvation. On lunar eclipse day, we should realize the bondage of self-soul.
Once we understand, we should go in the refuge of the enlightened Saint Satguru Rampal Ji Maharaj in lineage of Supreme God Kabir Saheb. By prostrating, serving, and asking questions with simplicity the Satguru will bestow us the right way of devotion and upon practicing we will depart to Satlok for sure. Till that time, we shall achieve all worldly pleasure to live life happily by his blessings.