Lunar Eclipse 2023: What You Need to Know

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow on the lunar surface. There are different types of lunar eclipses, depending on how much of the Moon is covered by the Earth's shadow. A penumbral lunar eclipse is the least noticeable, as it only involves the outer part of the Earth's shadow, called the penumbra. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when part of the Moon enters the darker inner part of the Earth's shadow, called the umbra. A total lunar eclipse happens when the entire Moon is engulfed by the umbra, turning it a reddish color.

In 2023, there will be two lunar eclipses: a penumbral one on May 5-6 and a partial one on October 28-29. The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from India, Russia, Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica and parts of Africa. The partial lunar eclipse will be visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.

The penumbral lunar eclipse will start at 08:44 PM (IST) on May 5 and end at 01:01 AM (IST) on May 6. The maximum eclipse will occur at 10:52 PM (IST) on May 5, when about 97% of the Moon will be in the penumbra. The Moon will appear slightly darker than usual, but not much different from a normal full moon.

The partial lunar eclipse will start at 11:04 AM (IST) on October 28 and end at 03:06 PM (IST) on October 29. The maximum eclipse will occur at 01:02 PM (IST) on October 29, when about 35% of the Moon will be in the umbra. The Moon will appear as if a bite has been taken out of it, with a dark shadow covering part of its surface.

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch with naked eyes, binoculars or telescopes. Unlike solar eclipses, they do not require any special equipment or protection. Lunar eclipses are also fascinating to observe, as they reveal the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon in space. They also have cultural and religious significance for many people around the world.

If you are interested in witnessing these celestial events, mark your calendars and check your local timings for the best viewing opportunities. 

Sam Pa

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