Lunar Eclipse 2023 Date and Time in India

The next lunar eclipse in 2023 will happen on October 28 in India. It will start at 11:32 PM IST and end at 2:24 AM IST on October 29. These events are quite common and happen multiple times a year, but they aren’t always visible everywhere. This October, we’ll get to see a partial lunar eclipse. The last lunar eclipse of this year will be on October 28, and the next one after that is expected on March 25, 2024, according to NASA. Lunar eclipses have fascinated people for a long time, and they have different meanings in various cultures. Scientists also study them to learn more about the Earth-Moon system.

What Is a Partial Lunar Eclipse?

A partial lunar eclipse happens when only a part of the Moon goes into shadow. Unlike a total lunar eclipse, where the whole Moon gets covered in shadow. There’s also something called a penumbral lunar eclipse, where the Moon passes through a lighter part of Earth’s shadow.

According to NASA, a partial lunar eclipse occurs because the Sun, Earth, and Moon aren’t perfectly aligned. This means the Moon only goes through a bit of Earth’s shadow. The shadow on the Moon grows and then shrinks without completely hiding the Moon.

2023 Lunar Eclipse in India: Date, Time, and Sutak Timings

In 2023, there will be a lunar eclipse, known as Chandra Grahan, happening in India. Here’s what you need to know in simple terms:

Date and Time:

  • The lunar eclipse is on October 28, 2023.
  • It begins at 11:32 PM IST on October 28 and ends at 2:24 AM IST on October 29.
  • The peak of the eclipse will be at 1:45 AM IST on October 29.

Eclipse Details:

  • The lunar eclipse will last for 1 hour, 16 minutes, and 16 seconds.
  • It starts with the first contact with the penumbra at 11:32 PM on October 28.
  • The Moon enters the darker part of the Earth’s shadow (umbra) at 1:06 AM.
  • The maximum eclipse occurs at 1:44 AM.
  • The Moon leaves the umbra at 2:22 AM.
  • The final contact with the penumbra is at 3:55 AM.
  • The magnitude of the eclipse is 0.12.
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Sutak Timings:

  • The sutak period, considered inauspicious, lasts for 9 hours, or 3 prahars (three hours).
  • Sutak Kaal begins at 2:52 PM IST on October 28, 2023.
  • Sutak Kaal ends at 2:22 AM IST on October 29, 2023.

This information provides the key times for the lunar eclipse and the sutak period during the Chandra Grahan in 2023.

Where Can You See the 2023 Lunar Eclipse?

The lunar eclipse in 2023 will be seen in many places:

  • It will be visible in the Eastern Hemisphere, which includes parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
  • But if you’re in the United States, you won’t be able to see it. It won’t be visible there.
  • In some parts of Brazil, in South America, you might catch a glimpse of the eclipse when the moon rises.