Chandra Grahan in August 2009 – Chandragrahan – Lunar Eclipse



Chandra Grahan, a shallow penumbral lunar eclipse, will take place on August 6, 2009. In United States and South America, it is visible on the evening of August 5, 2009. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is not visible to the naked eye. Hindu Panchangs and calendars are referring it as Madhya Chhaya Chandragrahan and no timing is given and advices that one need not follow any rituals (There is no need to follow any Niyamas). The Chandra Grahan will take place in South America, Africa, West Asia and Europe. It will take place at moon rise in parts of United States, Canada and Caribbean Islands. The August 6, 2009 Chandra Grahan will take place at moon set in India and Nepal.

In India, the lunar eclipse on August 6, 2009 will take place at moon set from 04:34 hrs to 07:44 hrs (early morning). Please note that this eclipse is not visible and is only of academic interest.

Update: Next Chandra Grahan in India is on December 31, 2009

In United States, the timing is from 18:04 to 21:14 hrs on August 5, 2009.

In Europe, the timing is from 23:04 hrs on August 5, 2009 to 03:14 on August 6.

During the partial eclipse only a shadow of earth falls on the moon and it is not visible to the human eye.

Most of the Hindu traditional calendars are calling Chandra Grahan on August 6, 2009 as Madhya Chhaya Chandra Grahan. It is a shallow penumbral eclipse and is not visible to the naked eye. Hindus need not follow any rules or rituals during this Chandra Grahan.

Pregnant women need not worry about this Grahan and there is no need to follow any rituals or rules.

Image Courtesy NASA (click on the image for a larger view)

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