Chandra Grahan 2023: Today the first lunar eclipse of the year will take place. Penumbral eclipses are different from regular lunar eclipses. It will begin on May 5 at 8:44 p.m., tonight, and terminate on May 6 at 0:02. In all regions of the planet where the Moon is above the horizon during the eclipse, it should be visible. Antarctica, Asia, Russia, Africa, and Oceania are all included in this. However, let's first define a shadow lunar eclipse.

What is Shadow Lunar Eclipse?

When the Earth moves in front of the Sun and the Moon, an eclipse of the moon takes place. A penumbral lunar eclipse, on the other hand, happens when the Moon enters the penumbra, the lighter outer portion of Earth's shadow. In this area, it appears that Earth is partially engulfing the Sun's disc. The first lunar eclipse of the year 2023 will occur on May 5 at 8:45 p.m. and will last until 1:02 a.m., according to science and astrology. The duration of this eclipse is four and a half hours. Astrologically speaking, this year's first lunar eclipse is a shadow eclipse, hence its Sutak duration is invalid. 

How to Watch?

Penumbral eclipses are the start and finish of every lunar eclipse. This is due to the fact that the Moon usually enters the penumbra of the Earth's eclipse first and leaves it last. In some eclipses, the Moon will pass through the umbra, the Earth's inner, darker shadow, causing a partial or complete eclipse. Penumbral eclipses, in contrast to total and partial lunar eclipses, are difficult to see. It is exceedingly challenging to distinguish a penumbral lunar eclipse from a typical full Moon since the penumbra is much fainter than the extremely dark umbra. A lunar eclipse can be seen directly, unlike a solar eclipse. In fact, if you're so motivated, you can also employ viewing tools like binoculars or telescopes.