Chandra Grahan, Lunar Eclipse, falls on February 11, Saturday, 2017. It starts from 4.04 am and ends by 8.23 am. Maximum of the eclipse occurs at 6.14 am.
According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Penumbral lunar eclipse. Since it is a penumbral lunar eclipse, it is not visible to the naked eye in India. Hence, this Chandra Grahan is not one of those lunar eclipses considerable for religious activities.
The Lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up in space, with Earth in the middle and Earth’s shadow falls on the moon.
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the faint, outer part of the earth’s shadow. It is not complete since only 98% of the moon is covered by the penumbral shadow of the earth.
Penumbral eclipse before the moon set is not visible to the naked eyes. This grahanam need not be followed by Hindus in India.