A lunar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that takes place almost every year. Lunar eclipses are divided into three categories. They are namely, a total lunar eclipse, a penumbral lunar eclipse, and a partial lunar eclipse. In most calendar years at least two lunar eclipses take place. Some time ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had stated that a total of 228 lunar eclipses will be visible during this century. It also mentioned that a maximum of 3 lunar eclipses will take place every year. This lunar eclipse 2021 will be the second one of the year. Moreover, in Science and Vedic astrology, there is a very drastic difference in the theory of causes and effects of Eclipse.
Eclipses and Vedic Astrology
As per Vedic Astrology, eclipses are highly inauspicious. Scientifically, a lunar eclipse takes place when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon. Because of that, the light of the sun doesn’t reach the moon. Therefore, the moon is left in the dark, hence, causing the lunar eclipse.
According to the Vedic Astrology, Rahu & Ketu (termed as a snake, or dragon head and tail), which are considered to be shadowy planets or mathematically calculated sensitive points or lunar nodes to be precise, are responsible for the lunar eclipse. Therefore, it considers that the lunar eclipse takes place when Rahu or Ketu swallows the moon, hence restricting its light. This year the first lunar eclipse took place on May 26. That total lunar eclipse was termed The Super Flower Blood Moon of 2021. However, this upcoming eclipse would be a partial lunar eclipse. It will take place on 19 November 2021. It’ll be the second and last lunar eclipse of the year.
Partial Lunar Eclipse 2021: Date and time
A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon, but these three celestial bodies are not in perfect alignment. Hence the earth casts a shadow or covers only a limited portion of the moon rather than its whole body.
A partial lunar eclipse in India is also known as the Anshika Chandra Grahan. This year it will take place in Shukla Paksha on Poornima Tithi (Full Moon Night) of Kartik month i.e. Friday, 19 November 2021. The partial lunar eclipse will begin at 12:48 PM (IST) and will end at 4:17 PM (IST). It’ll be the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century. According to Hindu or Vedic Astrology, the Moon will be transiting through the Taurus sign during this partial lunar eclipse. Therefore, as per Vedic Astrology, people having Taurus Ascendant or Taurus Moon Sign as per their birth horoscope should be cautious about their finances and health conditions.
For the lunar eclipse 2021, the total duration will be 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 24 seconds. And, such a long duration will mark it as the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. It will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse in the last 580 years. The last similarly long lunar eclipse took place on 18 February 1440. The next lunar eclipse, which will be similarly long, is likely on 8 February 2669.
Where to Watch It From
The partial lunar eclipse 2021 won’t be visible in most parts of India. However, one can see it with naked eyes for a short period in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Whereas one can only see the last phase (only for 20-30 minutes) of the eclipse in Jharkhand, Bihar, and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Other than India, some parts of the United States of America, specifically North America, Northern Europe, East Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Ocean region will be able to witness the beautiful event with their naked eyes.
A Fact About Eclipse
An Eclipse Never Comes Alone! Two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse always takes place. Generally, two eclipses take place in a row. However, at other times, three eclipses could also take place in a row.