New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The world on Sunday witnessed the third Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020. The Lunar Eclipse was ‘Penumbral’. A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is also known as ‘Upachaya Chandra Grahan’ in Hindi. However, the sky gazers and astronomers in India were not able to witness the third Lunar Eclipse of 2020 as it was visible in European countries, African nations, parts of South America, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

The third Lunar Eclipse began at 8.37 am and continued till 11.22 am. The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse was at its maximum extent at 9.59 am, according to timesanddate.com.

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and the earth come in a straight line and the earth blocks sun’s rays from reaching the moon. Generally, a Lunar Eclipse occurs for nearly two hours or more.

A Lunar Eclipse is of three types -- Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, Partial Lunar Eclipse and a Central Lunar Eclipse or a Total Lunar Eclipse. The Lunar Eclipse that will occur in July will be Penumbral Lunar Eclipse which when the Moon passes through Earth's penumbra which causes a subtle dimming of the lunar surface.

According to experts, 35 per cent of the Lunar Eclipses are “Penumbral” while the same number of eclipses are total eclipses of the moon. Only 30 per cent of the Lunar Eclipses are “partial eclipses”.  

Will this Lunar Eclipse be visible in India?

On a sad note for the sky gazers across the country, the Lunar Eclipse of July will not be visible in India. According to timeanddate.com, the Lunar Eclipse will be visible in South and West Europe, much of Africa, South America, Pacific countries, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. 

What are the timings for the Lunar Eclipse 2020?

People in India will not be able to witness the Lunar Eclipse in July. However, the Lunar Eclipse will begin at 8:37 am IST on July 5, 2020, and continue till 11.22 am on the same date. According to timeanddate.com, the Lunar Eclipse will reach its maximum extent at 9.59 am.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma