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What is Chandra Grahan ?

Chandra Grahan is the eclipsing of the Moon. The Moon actually has no light of its own but shines by sunlight reflected from its surface. The Moon orbits Earth about once every 29 and half days and as it circles our planet, the lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This phenomenon occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly or very closely with the Earth in the middle.

Chandra Grahan will occur only on the night of a full moon and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. According to science, there are three basic types of chandra grahan.

Penumbral Chandra Grahan: The moon passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow. These events are of only academic interest as they are very subtle and difficult to observe.

Partial Chandra Grahan: This occurs when the portion of the moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. This grahan is easy to spot even with the naked eye .

Total Chandra Grahan: This occurs when the entire Moon passes through Earth’s umbral shadow. This is very striking as the Moon’s vibrant red colour during the total phase is seen during the
eclipse.

Chandra Grahan usually lasts for a few hours and can be seen with the naked eye without the need for any eye protection.

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  1. Anonymous says:

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