The current year is filled with a platter of celestial events starting from asteroid attacks to lunar as well as solar eclipses. Recently, the Earth faced an annular solar eclipse on June 21, 2020. On June 6, 2020, the strawberry lunar eclipse took place which was another beautiful celestial event.
However, there are not one but two space events that are going to happen together next month. For those who don’t know, we will witness a special ‘full buck moon‘ alongside a penumbral lunar eclipse on July 05, visible from some parts of the world.
The 4th of July is about a week away, and while there may not be any fireworks, you'll get to see a Lunar Eclipse! On the night of July 4th/5th, there will be a partial lunar eclipse that will be visible across the US. It will start at 11:07 PM EDT on the 4th. More on this later. pic.twitter.com/spbLZSBCQ0
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Lunar Eclipse 2020: Full Buck Moon
Moon is said to reach its fullness astronomically when it is 180 degrees opposite the sun in ecliptic longitude. A full buck moon is a special sighting. This astronomical event happens when the moon passes from behind the earth’s orbit, allowing the sun’s rays to illuminate as it passes through. It happens on a full moon night. The event will also be accompanied by a lunar eclipse, which is actually going to be a penumbral one.
In a penumbral eclipse the moon, sun, and the earth are not properly aligned to their paths and the moon then has to move through the outer part of the earth’s shadow. They are usually very rarely sighted since the moon only looks a bit fainter than usual. This will be the third such lunar eclipse to be witnessed this year.
According to experts, the eclipse will start from 08:30 AM IST (11 PM, July 4 in America), reaches its peak at 09:59 AM IST (12:29 AM AST) and end around at 11:21 AM IST (1:51 AM AST). The eclipse will be seen from parts of North, South America, and Africa. The event is also a special sight to see since the full moon glows through the rings of two planets-Jupiter and Saturn, making their rings visible. However, to see this one needs a special apparatus like a telescope.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.