Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth. The shadow of the earth falls on the moon. During a lunar eclipse, the sun, earth and moon are aligned closely with the earth in the middle.
On the night of chandra grahan full moon appears. The length and nature of an eclipse depends upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes.
The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 21, 2010.
On June 26, 2010, a partial lunar eclipse will occur and it would be the first of two eclipses that would occur in 2010. In this eclipse 53.7% of the moon will be covered by the earth’s shadow. On July 11, 2010, there will be a total Solar eclipse over the south pacific.
A solar eclipse during which, the shadow of the moon covers the sun, can be viewed in only few parts of the world but the lunar eclipse can seen from anywhere on the nightside of the earth.
The lunar eclipse also differs from solar eclipse in terms of duration. A solar eclipse lasts for only few minutes but a lunar eclipse can last for few hours depending on the distance of the earth and the moon.
The eclipse will start at 2:27 pm and would continue till 7:50 pm. It would last for two hours and 43 minute.