Penumbral Lunar Eclipse June 5-6, 2020: The much talked Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, also known as Strawberry Moon will be perceived on June 5 at 11.15 PM IST till June 6, 02.34 AM IST. During the eclipse, the earth, the moon, and the sun will align in an almost straight line.
In 2020 we will get to see a total of four penumbral lunar eclipses, out of which the first one took place between January 10 to January 11 as the Pink Moon.
Here‘s all you need to know about the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:
- This June lunar eclipse of 2020 is known as Strawberry Moon Eclipse because of the wild strawberries that begin to ripen during this month.
- Lunar Eclipse, also called Chandra Grahan in Hindi, will begin on June 5, 2020, at 11.15 pm IST and will be at its maximum on June 6, 2020, at 12.54 am.
- The Strawberry eclipse will get over on June 6, 2020, at 2:34 am. , Therefore, the total duration of the second penumbral lunar eclipses of 2020 is likely to be 3 hours and 18 minutes.
- The region where some parts of the eclipse will be visible are Australia, Asia, Europe, South/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
- People in Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa may be able to see the Strawberry Moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase of this penumbral lunar eclipse.
Myths about Lunar Eclipse:
Pregnant women should avoid stepping out during an eclipse: Well, this is the most common belief especially in Asia. It is believed that eclipse can result in crooked joints and fingers. But this belief does not have any scientific explanation.
Looking at the eclipse can cause damage to your eyes: According to the reports, looking at a solar eclipse through naked eyes can damage your eyes severely. Meanwhile, looking at a lunar eclipse directly does not cause any damage to the eyes.
Avoid eating and drinking during an eclipse: This is an age-old myth that one must avoid eating and drinking during an eclipse, however, there’s no scientific explanation behind it.
Two weeks after the Strawberry Moon Eclipse, on June 21, 2020, comes a beautiful “ring of fire” eclipse of the Sun and will be visible in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and two weeks later on July 5, 2020, there’s another penumbral lunar eclipse, the Thunder Moon Eclipse that will be visible in North America, though only a small portion of the full moon will go dim.