The second lunar eclipse of 2020 is expected to occur on the intervening night of 5 and 6 June and lunar enthusiasts in India will be able to watch it with their naked eyes, although slighted fainted. It will be the second of the four lunar eclipses that will appear this year, all of which will be penumbral lunar eclipses. The last lunar eclipse occurred in January. Traditionally, the June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon, therefore, the upcoming penumbral lunar eclipse is also referred to as ‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse’ by many.
A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth’s shadow called the penumbra. During this phase, the Moon appears a bit darker than usual and this type of eclipse is also often mistaken for a normal full moon.
A significant portion of Earth’s popular will be able to watch the June lunar eclipse. It will be visible in part of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, and parts of South America. The lunar eclipse will also be visible in India, as we mentioned earlier.
The moon is above the horizon during the penumbral lunar eclipse and if the weather conditions are good, people in New Delhi will be able to see it completely, the report said.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon. The Earth’s shadow blocks some or all of the sun’s light from reaching the moon during the process.
There are three types of a lunar eclipse – a total lunar eclipse, partial lunar eclipse and penumbral lunar eclipse.
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves through the faint, outer part of the Earth’s shadow.
The penumbral lunar eclipse in June this year is popularly called the ‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse’. During ‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse’, 57 percent of the moon is expected to pass into the Earth’s penumbra.
Unless you are a seasoned skywatcher, you may not notice the effect of the penumbral lunar eclipse. “The outer part of Earth’s penumbra is so pale that you won’t notice anything until the moon’s edge has slid at least halfway in,” a senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine Alan MacRobert said.
The next two lunar eclipses of 2020 will be on 4-5 July and 29-30 November. Both will be a penumbral lunar eclipse.