This year, the penumbral lunar eclipse will be observed on 5th July, 2020, which will only be visible in some parts of the world. The first eclipse happened in January, the second one in June and this is the third one happening this month. During this celestial event, the Earth blocks the sun's light from reaching the Moon's surface. This means that the Sun, Earth and the Moon are exactly aligned and the Earth is in the middle of the Sun and the Moon.
Here are a few details you need to about this event:
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What is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?
During the eclipse, the Earth covers all or some part of the Moon with the outer part of Earth's shadow, which is known as the penumbra. The Moon's proximity to its nodes of the orbit governs the length and type of the Lunar Eclipse. The difference between a solar and lunar eclipse is that the former can be viewed in small areas of the world whereas the latter can be seen anywhere on the night side of the Earth. Unlike Solar eclipse, the lunar eclipse can be viewed without any eye protection. A solar eclipse never comes alone. It always comes with before or after a lunar eclipse.
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What time will it occur?
It will begin at 8:37 AM and conclude at 11:22 AM (IST). The eclipse will reach its maximum phase at 9:59 AM (IST). The event will continue for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Will it be visible from India?
Unfortunately, the event will not be visible from India as it occurs during the morning light. During the eclipse, India will be facing the Sun due to which the lunar eclipse would not be directly visible as the Moon will be below the horizon.
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In which other parts of the world will it be visible?
It will be visible in South and North America, New Zealand, South Africa and Western Africa, Southwestern Europe, New Zealand and some parts of the Pacific Ocean and a few more places. It will be completely visible in Western Africa.
When will be the next lunar eclipse?
The fourth lunar eclipse will be on 29th, November 2020. It will also be penumbral eclipse like the rest of the three
Can one watch the event online?
The event can be watched online as it's safe to watch it. It will be live-streamed on many websites and also many Youtube channels.
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