Lunar Eclipse July 2020: What is Penumbral Eclipse or Upachaya Grahan? Here's all you need to know
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The literal surgery of the word eclipse derives the meaning obscuring the light, and hence is often considered a bad omen in various religious beliefs around the world. Usually, the occurrence of an eclipse is observed in pair, either a solar eclipse is followed by a Lunar Eclipse or vice versa. But what makes the forthcoming eclipse special is that the eclipse family turns three this time, as the penumbral eclipse that is predicted to take place on July 5 is the third eclipse from the chain that sprouted on June 5.
Traditionally known as Troika, the triplet succession of the eclipse is rare and unique. The first celestial veiling was observed as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on June 5 after which an annular solar eclipse appeared on June 21, lastly completing its last phase as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on July 5.
A penumbral eclipse doesn't appear like an exact eclipse; it shows as a pale moon. During the penumbral eclipse, the earth comes in between the moon and the sun and the lunar light seems to be less luminous. In technical terms, the moon enters into the penumbra of the earth, getting obstructed by its presence as it solely relies upon the sun on for luminescence.
As per the reports, the eclipse falling on July 5 will uncover at 8:37 am, while the maximum eclipse would be observed at 9:59 am according to the Greenwich Mean Time.
The visibility of upcoming Lunar Eclipse in India depends upon how much of the Moon remains visible during the daytime and for how long, implying that the lunar phenomenon will not be a photographic interest for most, if not all. The eclipse will be visible in most parts of the African continent, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic and Indian ocean among others.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma