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Lunar Eclipse 2020: A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Will Take Place In June
A lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan takes place when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, and partially blocks the sunlight falling on the moon.
Lunar Eclipse 2020: A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Will Take Place In June (FILE IMAGE)
NEW DELHI: A lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan takes place when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, and partially blocks the sunlight falling on the moon. At the starting of the year 2020, the first lunar eclipse was recorded on 10 and 11 January. And now, another lunar eclipse is expected to occur on 5th and 6th June. This one is called Penumbral Lunar eclipse.
🌙 What is Penumbral Lunar eclipse?
A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the sun, the earth and the moon are aligned imperfectly. The three stars happened to fall in a line but not a straight one, hence they form a crooked or a zigzag line. In this phenomenon when the earth falls between the sun and the moon, it does not completely cover the sun which results in the sun rays to partially fall on the moon, covering only half of it.
The Penumbral Lunar eclipse will take place on 5 June, Friday, around 11:15 p.m. in India.
🌙 There are three types of lunar eclipse
1. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon directly passes through the earth's shadow and the moon appears to be blood red, which is also known as the Umbra.
2. During the partial lunar eclipse, only a part of the moon as dark red, and the rest is covered in the shadow of the earth.
3. The third one is the Penumbral Lunar eclipse, which is going to be seen this Friday.
On this Friday, during the Penumbral Lunar eclipse, the moon will be falling into 57% of the earth's shadow. The duration of this astronomical phenomenon will be three hours and nineteen minutes.
The Lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan will be visible in India on 5 June at late night and during the wee hours of 6 June. According to NASA the IST time for this event is 11:15 p.m. on 5 June, Friday which will eventually end at 2:34 a.m. on 6 June.
🌙 From where else would it be visible from?
The Lunar eclipse 2020 will also be visible from parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
In India, it is believed that consuming food or going out in the open during the time of a lunar eclipse can be harmful to a person. According to religious beliefs, in some way, it is unhealthy to consume food during those few hours of the eclipse. It is also strongly believed that during this time, one should not go outside as the gamma rays can cause some major skin problems.
Those who missed the lunar eclipse on 10th January at the starting of the year can now enjoy the view of the second lunar eclipse which is also being called Penumbral Lunar eclipse, which will result in the Friday's full moon to appear as blood-red in colour. This moon is called Strawberry Moon.
This strawberry moon will light up the night sky of the Western Hemisphere, also including Northern America. According to American news reports, the moon will be slightly below the horizon, so it will not be visible from the New York City.