Chandra Grahan 2022: A fortnight after the partial solar eclipse on October 25, several parts of India and the world will witness a total lunar eclipse, also known as Chandra Grahan in India, on November 8 (Tuesday).
Besides India and neighbouring Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of Russia, residents of other parts of Asia, North and South America, Australia, North Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean will be able to see the celestial event.
Last total lunar eclipse for about three years
The next total lunar eclipse that can be seen from India will occur on September 7, 2025, although in October 2023, a minor partial eclipse will be observed from India.
Chandra Grahan 2022: How to watch
The fantastic otherworldly spectacle can be witnessed without any expensive equipment. Simply glance up at the sky if it’s clear to find the moon at night. Even those living in cities will have excellent views of the eclipse. Darker skies are better for catching the intricacies of the moon’s colour change. People can use binoculars or a telescope to see the event. With the right equipment, viewers should be able to see the moon’s craters, valleys, and mountains turn a scarlet colour as the Earth’s shadow passes over them.
Unlike solar eclipses, which require special glasses to view and can only be seen for a few short minutes in a very limited area, a total lunar eclipse can be seen by anyone.
Chandra Grahan 2022: When to watch
Partial lunar eclipse begins – 2.39 pm
Total lunar eclipse begins – 3.46 pm
Maximum total lunar eclipse – 4:29 pm
Total lunar eclipse ends – 5:11 pm
Partial lunar eclipse ends – 6.19 pm
Chandra Grahan 2022: Kolkata, Kohima
In Kolkata, the moon will start rising from the eastern horizon at around 4:52 pm and will be completely visible by 4:54 pm. So, till 5:11 pm it will be total lunar eclipse after which the moon will enter the partial eclipse phase and will become more illuminated as time progresses.
In Kohima, the eclipse at its maximum phase can be observed at around 4:29 pm, when the moon will cross the darkest part of the earth’s shadow.
Chandra Grahan 2022: Delhi
New Delhi will experience a partial eclipse from moonrise at around 5:31 pm with 66 per cent obscuration of the moon since the total phase of the eclipse has already ended by then at 5:11 pm.
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