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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: All You Need To Know About The Upcoming Celestial Event

The third penumbral lunar eclipse is a treat for astronomical lovers and is set to occur on July 5, 2020. This year’s first Lunar eclipse occurred on January 10, followed by another occurrence on June 5. The final and the fourth Lunar eclipse of 2020 will occur on November 20, 2020.

What is a penumbral Lunar eclipse?

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A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are imperfectly aligned. When such a thing happens, the Earth comes in between the sun and moon, blocking the sun’s light from reaching the moon’s surface. The Earth goes on to cover a part of or all of the lunar astronomical body with the outer part of its shadow (penumbra).

The penumbra is the lighter outer part of a shadow. And the moon’s penumbra causes partial solar eclipses, and Earth’s penumbra results in penumbral lunar eclipses. The eclipse on July 5 will occur when the moon moves through the light, the outer part of Earth’s shadow. Since the shadow is faint, people usually mistake this phenomenon for a full moon.

When will it occur in India?

According to reports, the penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 8:37 am IST (Indian standard time) on July 5, 2020. The maximum eclipse will take place at 9:59 am and will finally end at 11:22 am on the same day. In addition to this, it is expected for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

According to reports, people living in Delhi will not be able to view this occurrence because it will be taking place below the horizon.

Countries where lunar eclipse will be visible

This eclipse will be visible in most South America, Africa, South/West Europe, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

What is a Lunar eclipse?

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It is a cosmic occurrence that takes place when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. It can happen only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned close, with Earth between the two celestial bodies. People can experience a Lunar eclipse only on the night of a full moon.

Curated by Ruchit Rastogi