Penumbral Lunar Eclipse June 2020: A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon enters the outer portion of the Earth’s shadow, known as the penumbra. The moon doesn’t get dark in the way it does during a total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon,” where it enters the umbra, the inner part of the shadow. Instead, the moon appears just slightly darker; some people say it looks a little more “brown” than usual. The moon will be partially covered by the penumbra in this case, therefore the darkening may not be that noticeable as the brightness of the uncovered portion of the moon washes it out.
According to NASA’s SkyCal, “The full moon of June, also called the Strawberry Moon, will occur the morning of Friday, June 5, at 3:12 p.m. EDT (1912 GMT), just a few minutes before entering a penumbral lunar eclipse”.
The penumbral lunar eclipse June 2020 is likely to occur on June 5, Friday. On both June 4 and 5, 2020, the moon will look full to the eye as it shines from dusk until dawn.
There is often a confusion between a penumbral lunar eclipse and the ‘strawberry moon’. A Strawberry Moon is not a scientific term, but rather the name given to any full moon that appears in June. The June Moon is also sometimes referred to as a Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon.
Can lunar eclipse be looked at directly?
Talking about the safety while looking at the penumbral lunar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be perceived through naked eyes at but solar eclipses are only safe to look at when the sun is completely obscured by the moon. Staring at a solar eclipse can cause major eye damage.
According to international time UTC, a lunar eclipse will occur on June 6, 2020, which will be visible in some parts of the world.
India cities from which the eclipse could be visible are as follows:
- Andhra Pradesh
- West Bengal
- Jammu & Kashmir
- Madhya Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Uttar Pradesh
As per the reports, in India, the eclipse will start from 5 June at 11.15 pm in New Delhi. It will last till 6 June, at 02.34 am. The maximum eclipse can be seen on 6 June, 12:54 am. The eclipse will last for the total duration of three hours and 18 minutes. During the penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon is above the horizon, and if the weather is good, New Delhi residents will be able to see it entirely.