Chandra Grahan 2018 or total Lunar Eclipse today: The world is about to witness total Lunar Eclipse today that will last about 1 hour 45 minutes.
The world is about to witness a total Lunar Eclipse tonight, that is on the night of July 27 and July
28 that will last about 1 hour 45 minutes. It is believed that this is going to be the longest lunar
eclipse of the century. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon falls under the Earth’s shadow by passing
directly behind the Earth. This day will also be a Blood Moon, where the earth’s satellite takes on a
reddish colour. During lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan, the earth tends to block direct sunlight
reaching the moon. The only light that reflects is refracted by the earth’s atmosphere; this light
appears red in colour, which is why it is called Blood Moon. Let’s look at the timings of the total
lunar eclipse and know what’s in store.
Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date And Timing Of The Blood Moon
Chandra Grahan is slated to be on full moon night today that will fall on the night of July 27. The
first phase of the eclipse will begin from 11:54 pm IST on July 27, when moon will be cast in earth’s
The total lunar eclipse is said to be visible from 1:00 am IST from July 28, and will be visible in
cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, et al.
The second phase of the eclipse will start from 2:43 am IST, wherein a partial lunar eclipse will be
While stargazers are excited to witness the Blood Moon on this big day, there are certain beliefs or
myths that have revolved around this phenomenon for centuries. In olden days, people were advised
against consuming food or water during an eclipse and such beliefs were widely propagated.
Ayurveda expert Ram N Kumar from NirogStreet dismisses these beliefs as mere superstition. He says,
“There is no mention of dos and don’ts in Ayurveda about such beliefs. The only reference that’s
present is that we should avoid indulging in an auspicious work. It is perfectly safe to eat and drink
during eclipse, Ayurveda is a health science and it doesn’t promote superstition. Not eating and
drinking during eclipse and mandatory bath after eclipse is superstition. One can safely lead a normal
lifestyle during eclipse.”