Chandra Grahan: How Lunar Eclipse is related to Science and Human Psychology? Myths vs Facts

Chandra Grahan
Chandra Grahan

About 7 times, India has witnessed a remarkable phenomenon called Chandra Grahan, where the earth casts its shadow over the Moon. We get to observe it as an odd reddish astronomical entity. What is Chandra Grahan? Chandra Grahan, also known as a lunar eclipse, is an astronomical phenomenon that is observed when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align such that the Moon comes into the earth’s shadow. Chandra Grahan, also called ‘blood moon,’ are of 2 kinds

  • Partial lunar Eclipse
  • Total Lunar Eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse is observed when the Moon partially falls under the earth’s shadow. While in a total lunar eclipse, the Moon eventually enters the darkest portion of the earth’s shadow, the Umbra. Once under the Umbra, the Moon appears to be seen as red, as scattered rays scatter through the earth’s atmosphere.

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A sample image of Total Lunar Eclipse: Source

How is Lunar Eclipse related to Science and Human Psychology?

Eclipses signify momentous periods of change and transformation. In contrast, a solar eclipse opens the scope for new beginnings and evolution, and a lunar eclipse, your over energies that help you complete a journey or shift your course in some way. However, these shifts won’t take place all at once. According to NASA, no evidence advocates lunar eclipses’ physical effect on people. But it does acknowledge the “profound psychological effects” of Chandra Grahan on the people.

This can lead to physical impacts due to the people’s actions because of their beliefs. In ancient times many people believed that the darkness of the Chandra Grahan was a sign of significant change and a warning for the future. It was believed that an Eclipse brings with it a rise of darkness and that evil would flourish.

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Types of Lunar Eclipse

Many cultures believe pregnant women must not go outside on an Eclipse for fear of miscarriage. Moreover, various people also believe that eating during an Eclipse brings ill health and bad luck. On a Physical level Lunar Eclipses tend to zap your energy, making you feel drained.

They can also mess with your sleep cycle and hormones, leaving you irritable, tired, moody, and just out of balance in general. The cycles of the Moon also coincide with the menstrual cycle, and it is ubiquitous for women to be bleeding, ovulating, or experiencing PMS during an Eclipse.

Chandra Grahan in India

Till now, India has witnessed about 7 lunar eclipses in total and is about to witness another one today, on November 8, 2022. India will see a total eclipse in the East and a partial eclipse in other parts of the country. This Chandra Grahan will be the last Eclipse of the year 2022. Chandra Grahan will again occur after 3 years on March 14, 2025, which makes this day more memorable. You do not need any special equipment to watch an eclipse. However, to get a better and more noticeable view of the Grahan, binoculars, telescopes, or moving away from bright lights will help.

8th November Chandra Grahan Timing

The time before the lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse is called the Sutak period. The Sutak period during the Lunar Eclipse starts 9 hours before, which means it will begin at 8:00 am. According to astrologers, the Lunar Eclipse will start in India at 05:32 pm on November 8 and end at 06.18 in the evening. The Lunar Eclipse will reach its maximum point at 05:31 pm in Delhi. It will begin at 05:28 pm and end at 07:26 pm, lasting for 1 hour and 58 minutes. Mumbai will start at 06:01 pm and end at 07:26 pm, lasting for 1 hour and 25 minutes.

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