Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings In India, FAQs On Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan

Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings In India, FAQs On Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan

NEW DELHI: Much awaited century's longest lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan will be visible today across the world. In India, lunar eclipse timings will be 10:44 pm tonight and it will end on 4:58 am on July 28. The total lunar eclipse, in which the moon will appear red, also called Blood Moon, will be visible from 1 am to 2:43 am tonight. The century's longest total lunar eclipse duration will be 103 minutes or 1 hour 43 minutes long. The period of complete lunar eclipse -- known as "totality", is the time when the moon appears darkest or reddish in colour.

Here's your guide to frequently asked FAQs on Chandra Grahan, Lunar Eclipse And Blood Moon:

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse Date: July 27-28

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse Timings: 10:44 pm on July 27 to 4:58 am on July 28 in India

Total Lunar Eclipse Timings: 1 am to 2:43 am on July 27 night (28 July) in India
Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse Location: Much of Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, South in North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. In India, Chandra Grahan will be visible from cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Mumbai among others.

What is Lunar Eclipse?
The moon orbits, or goes around, Earth. Earth orbits, or goes around, the sun. Once in a while, Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon. When this happens, Earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon. Earth's shadow then falls on the moon. This is an eclipse of the moon. It is called a lunar eclipse, according to NASA.

What is Total Lunar Eclipse?
A total lunar eclipse happens when the whole moon enters Earth's shadow. Some sunlight still reaches the moon, but first it goes through Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red.

What is Blood moon or Red Moon?
While the Moon is in the Earth's shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "Blood Moon" or Red Moon. A blood moon is the term for a total lunar eclipse due to the reddish colour of the moon.

Why will moon appear red during Total Lunar Eclipse?
During a lunar eclipse, we can see Earth's shadow on the moon. When Earth completely blocks the sunlight, the moon looks red or orange. A lunar eclipse can last for a few hours. At least two lunar eclipses happen every year.