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February 9, 2009 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Panchang Ganita, Panchanga Siddhanta, Panchang Author: Pundit Mahesh Shastriji, Seattle, WA USA
Inspiration: Late Pundit Maganlal Devshanker Shastriji


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February 9, 2009 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

What is penumbral lunar eclipse?

The shadow of the Earth can be divided into two distinctive parts: the umbra and penumbra. Within the umbra, there is no direct solar radiation. However, as a result of the Sun's large angular size, solar illumination is only partially blocked in the outer portion of the Earth's shadow, which is given the name penumbra.

A penumbra refers to a partially shaded outer region of a shadow that an object casts. A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's penumbra. A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the faint penumbral portion of the earth’s shadow. The lunar surface is not completely shadowed by the earth’s umbra (darkest part of a shadow). Instead, observers see only the slightest dimming near the lunar limb closest to the umbra. The eclipse may be undetectable unless at least half of the moon enters the penumbra. The penumbra does not cause any noticeable darkening of the Moon's surface, though some may argue it turns a little yellow. A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within the Earth's penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, that portion of the Moon which is closest to the umbra can appear somewhat darker than the rest of the Moon.

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The eclipse will not be visible in Eastern Canada and the eastern USA will miss the eclipse entirely since the eclipse begins after moonset. It is visible in the western Canada and the USA will have the best views with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. It's also visible in western, central, mountain timezones of the united states and canada along with certain parts of eastern usa and canada( Please check visibility map). To catch the entire event, one must be in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or East Asia. Eclipse will be visible in India as well. Please click here for eclipse Visiblity Path.

Precautions for pregnant women:

When eclipse is visible there is a punyah kala. If eclipse is not visible in your area then there is no punyakala and hence she doesn't have to worry about what to observe in eclipse all together. If an eclipse is visible in your area then she shouldn't go out during eclipse, stay home, Not to eat or drink anything except regular medications. Keep kusha grass (darbhi) with her. let her sit or lay on darbhi/kusha grass (one or two may be fine). Chant god's name. Sanatana gopala mantra will be very good to chant during this times. Pray to lord. If required take rest.

Sanatana gopala mantra for pregnant women:

ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं देवकीसुत गोविन्द वासुदेव जगत्पते।
देहि मे तनयं कृष्ण त्वामहं शरणं गतः॥

om śrīṁ hrīṁ klīṁ glauṁ devakīsuta govinda vāsudeva jagatpate |
dehi me tanayaṁ kṛṣṇa tvāmahaṁ śaraṇaṁ gataḥ ||

Eclipse Information GMT INDIA
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Begin:
Feb 09 12:36
Feb 09 16:40
Feb 09 18:06
Feb 09 22:10
Feb 09 04:36
Feb 09 08:40
Feb 09 05:36
Feb 09 09:40
Feb 09 06:36
Feb 09 10:40
Feb 09 07:36
Feb 09 11:40

Eclipse results for twelve signs:

It's happening in karka rashi and ashlesha nakshatra and it's bad for karka rashi and ashlesha nakshatra people.

Mesh: Bad
Vrishabha: Good
Mithuna: Medium
Karka: Bad
Kanya: Good
Tula: Good
Vrischik: Medium
Dhanu: Bad
Makar: Medium
Kumbha: Good
Mina: Medium

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yaj jagrato duram udaiti daivam tad u suptasya tatHaivaiti|
duramgamam jyotisam jyotir ekam tan me manaH shivasankalpam astu||
||shri shukla yajurveda vajasaneyi samhita (madhyandina sakha) 34.1||

The divine essence that goes far away, from the waking, and likewise from the sleeping, and that one far-traveling Light of lights, on that-the auspicious will of the divine-may my mind dwell.

.. sarve janA sukhino santu ..
kriShNa! kriShNa!! kriShNa!!!

I bow down to the supreme personality of godhead Lord kriShNa who makes incomplete complete.
Pundit Mahesh Shastriji
Seattle, WA, USA
shastrijii at mypanchang dot com


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