India witnessed partial lunar eclipse for a few hours which is called in Hindi the ‘ardha chandra grahan’, on early Wednesday. This was said to be the last partial lunar eclipse of 2019, starting at around 1.31 am and will be ending before dawn on Wednesday. The eclipse slowly increased and was at its peak at 3 am. The view of the moon at that time seemed as if a chunk of Moon has been bitten off.

When the lunar eclipse occurs, the position of the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This happens when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned. The Earth stays between the Sun and the Moon. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon. 

Depending on the Moon’s proximity to either node of its orbit, the type and length of a lunar eclipse depend. The shadow of the Earth passes only through a part of the Moon, during a partial lunar eclipse which causes a large dark spot on the moon that makes it seem as though a chunk of the Moon has been bitten off.

The lunar eclipse was witnessed from several other regions including, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. In Delhi, the partial lunar eclipse was witnessed in the cloudy sky, starting at 1.31 am.

Around 3 am, the eclipse was in its maximum intensity making it an easy-to-watch astronomical event. It is believed in the Hindu religion, no religious or auspicious practice is performed at the time of the lunar eclipse. All over the country, many famous temples remain closed for darshan during the period. Hindus are instructed to do puja rituals before or after the eclipse. People following the Hindu religion are also advised to take a bath before and after the lunar eclipse. They also avoid cooking or eating during the time.

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