This lunar eclipse will be a penumbral one when the Moon will turn a shade darker for a few hours. Only the outer shadow of the earth - the penumbra - is cast on the moon during a penumbral eclipse. There are three types of lunar eclipses - total, partial, and penumbral. Penumbra means half-shadow. The penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned with each other. The fourth penumbral lunar eclipse of the year or "Upachhaya" will occur on the date of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month, or Karthik Purnima. That said, it should also be noted that the penumbra is duller than the dark core of the Earth's shadow and it makes a penumbral eclipse hard to differentiate from a normal full Moon!
But the full moon in November, the final one before the winter solistice, has many names around the world.
The lunar eclipse will be seen in South and North America, Australia and Asian countries and will not be seen anywhere in Pakistan. After this comes the most intense part of the eclipse, when a part of the moon appears to be shrouded in charcoal grey hue.
According to astronomers and experts, the eclipse is expected to start around 1:02 PM in the afternoon, peak at around 3:12 PM, and conclude by 5:23 PM Indian time.
Will Lunar Eclipse 2020 be visible in India?
Lima, Peru will be the first to see the penumbral eclipse at 2:32 AM (local time). A partial solar eclipse can be seen in parts of South America, southwest Africa and Antarctica. The lunar eclipse will be below the horizon in several major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai.
"This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead", the almanac notes. After the lunar eclipse event of November 30 gets over, another solar eclipse event will occur on December 14. It will be a total lunar eclipse.