The current year is filled with many celestial events starting from asteroid attacks to solar as well as lunar 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.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned with Earth between the other two. This weekend you will get to see the moon enter an eclipse along with the beautiful full buck moon. This type of lunar eclipse takes place when the moon, the sun, and the earth are not perfectly aligned with each other. The moon then passes through the outer part of the earth’s shadow and this results in a penumbral lunar eclipse.
Lunar eclipse 2020: Watch the 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.
On the night of July 4, the full moon will pass through part of Earth’s shadow, creating a lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America and South America: https://t.co/sRDMPUUoEY pic.twitter.com/XRZmGlWYGG
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) June 30, 2020
The lunar eclipse of July 5 will be observed in many parts of North and South America and Africa. Unfortunately, it won’t be visible from India as it will take place during the broad daylight. The eclipse will begin at 8.37 am on July 5, enter its maximum phase at 9:59 am and conclude at 11.22 am. It will continue for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Interestingly, the penumbral lunar eclipse that occurs in July is also known as Thunder Moon Eclipse. The name comes from the summer storms that occur around July’s full moon, giving it the name “Thunder Moon.” It is also called the “Buck Moon” because male deer lose their antlers in this month. Some even call it the “Hay Moon” because of the hay harvest.
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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.