What is a Lunar Eclipse? A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth comes exactly between the Sun and the Moon, causing an opposition between the Sun and the Moon. During a Lunar Eclipse, the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, which turns the luminous Full Moon into intense shades of reds, browns and greys. A Lunar Eclipse is a more powerful Full Moon, and its impact tends to last longer, for almost about six months after the event.
Eclipses always occur in pairs, in a way that they coincide with New Moons and Full Moons as solar and lunar eclipses respectively. Lunar eclipses occur only during a Full Moon, when the Moon is on the far side of the Earth, away from the Sun. It is much more common to observe a lunar eclipse from a given location. Lunar eclipses also tend to last longer than a solar eclipse, usually averaging from about 30 minutes to over an hour.
There are three types of Lunar Eclipses. The first is the Penumbral, which occurs when the Moon crosses only the Earth's Penumbra. The second type is a Partial Lunar Eclipse, which occurs when the Moon partially crosses into the Earth's Umbra. And the third type is a Total Lunar Eclipse, which occurs when the Moon crosses into the Earth's umbra entirely.
A Total Lunar Eclipse passes through all three phases.
In the year 2018, two Total Lunar Eclipses occurred. The first one occurred on 31st January. The second one occurred on 27th July and lasted till 28th July. On 27th July, it first occurred as a Penumbral eclipse around 17:15 hours and ended around 23:29 hours on 28th July. It was the longest eclipse of the 21st century, lasting for about 6 hours and 14 minutes in totality, while the Full Eclipse lasted for about 1 hour and 43 minutes. This Lunar eclipse was also visible in many parts of the world.
The next Lunar Eclipse will also likely be a Total Lunar Eclipse, believed to occur from 20th-21st January 2019. This Total Lunar Eclipse is in the first degree of Leo and will be most affected by the planet Uranus.
While many people tend to fear eclipses because they often lead to a significant event or change in a person’s life, many expert astrologers believe that the change can be a positive one as well. According to them, a lunar eclipse can be a great time to spend building on your self-confidence, discovering your path in life, and learning how to express yourself more accurately. This is a time when you might find opportunities to uncover or rediscover your unique skills and talents.
According to Astrology, the Moon controls a persons emotion, and the different phases of the Moon can result in changes in the emotions. This could be a major reason why Lunar eclipses tend to be a more emotional time period, as some believe that they signify final endings. There is a twist though. When it comes to handling emotions like fear, anger, jealousy and rage, it can sometimes prove hard. If you are willing to accept the good in you along with the bad, a Lunar Eclipse can become magical moments of discovery. They can give you the opportunity to embrace yourself for who you are, and uncover areas in your life, which have the potential for growth.
A Lunar Eclipse can be the final push you may need in your life. If there is something that needs to be gone from your life, or something that needs to come to an end, a Lunar eclipse can help prepare you and set the wheels in motion.
It can be quite beneficial to meditate during this period. Take some time to sit in a quiet space and breathe. Visualise the things in your life you would like to bring to an end. This could be about a bad habit, or an unhealthy relationship, or even a grudge you have been holding till now.
|First Lunar Eclipse Start||Monday, January 21, 2019 08:08 AM|
|First Lunar Eclipse End||Monday, January 21, 2019 01:07 PM|
|Second Lunar Eclipse Start||Wednesday, July 17, 2019 01:33 AM|
|Second Lunar Eclipse End||Wednesday, July 17, 2019 04:30 AM|