Nov. 19, 2021, 7:52 a.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 336 views)
Lunar eclipses always happen on a full moon day. The full moon on November 19 is described as a beaver moon or frost moon and the full moon day in November Karthik Purnima in India, which is a sacred dayfor the Hindus.
The longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years will occur on 19 November and will be visible from parts of Northeast India.This is an exceptionally deep partial eclipse with an umbral eclipse magnitude of 0.9742. In other words, 97% of the moon will be covered by Earth’s dark umbral shadow, with a just thin sliver of the moon exposed to direct sun at maximum eclipse.This is the second lunar eclipse of 2021 with an earlier eclipse happening in may.
This eclipse occurs at the moon’s ascending node in Taurus. The moon will be placed near the famous Pleiades/the Seven Sisters – during the eclipse The earlier lunar eclipse in may which will be the last of 2021, will be the longest since the 15th century. The last time an eclipse this long happened was on 18 February 1440.
According to Hindu mythology, lunar eclipse takes place when the paap grah (Rahu or Ketu) binds the moon and restricts its light.It will be visible in India at 2.34 pm & the duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours 28 minutes and 24 seconds.The rare phenomenon will be visible from a few areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
Lunar eclipse yields an opportunity to shed the burden of negativity and unwanted attachments.Meditating and Mantra chanting, can invoke the Divine within, cleansing the subconscious, and can get rid of the emotional baggage, negativities, and unwanted habits.
(images taken from internet for illustrative purposes)