Last Lunar Eclipse of the year: Blood Moon, World's Last Total Lunar Eclipse until 2025

On November 8, Tuesday the world is going to witness the last absolute eclipse of the year 2022. The Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) is occurring as the moon enters Umbra, the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.

According to NASA, complete lunar eclipses occur about once every year and a half on average, but the interval varies and this Tuesday i.e., November 8, 2022, nighttime skywatchers from East Asia to North America are in for a treat as they will get to witness the rare spectacle of a “Beaver blood moon” Chandra Grahan, the second blood moon this year while the next total lunar eclipse is not expected until March 14, 2025. It will be visible to the naked eye wherever skies are clear across eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and North America where the degree of redness of the moon will depend on the varying levels of air pollution, dust storms, wildfire smoke, and even volcanic ash in these areas.

Complete eclipses occur when the moon is near a node at full moon i.e. when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays from lighting up the moon while a partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the full moon but they are not precisely aligned since only a part of the moon’s visible surface moves into the dark part of the Earth’s shadow called the umbra, whereas the rest of the moon is covered by the outer part of the Earth’s shadow called the penumbra.

The Chandra Grahan sutak kaal will start at 09:21am in India and end at 06:18pm where the period preceding the eclipse is known as Sutak and is regarded as an inauspicious period by Hindus. According to Drik Panchang, Lunar Eclipse Sutak is observed for 3 Prahars before the eclipse, or Sutak is observed for 9 hours before Lunar Eclipse i.e. before the actual start of the Chandra Grahan.

Delhi can see the partial lunar eclipse, and people in Kolkata can see the total lunar eclipse. Some parts of Maharastra may witness a partial lunar eclipse and so will the Bengaluru folks. The residents of NCR, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Srinagar will also see a partial lunar eclipse.

By Archana

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