Penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5: Check how to watch, significance, timings

James Marshall
June 3, 2020

According to timeanddate.com, people of Asia, Australia, Europe, or Africa, may be able to observe Strawberry Moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase. It's a minimal effect, hard to discern, that will not be visible from North America. The full strawberry moon is set to happen at 19:12 Universal Time (that's 3:12pm ET and 12:12pm PT) but to see it in all of its glory, you'll want to look up during both moonset and moonrise: around 5:18am ET/5:37am PT and around 8:23pm ET/8:01pm PT. "The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the north-eastern United States", the space agency explains. If you have a sweet tooth, go for wild strawberries, which tend to have sweeter, tangier flavors than the more firm, waterier store-bought ones, Live Science previously reported. When the Earth partially blocks the Sun's rays from reaching the Moon, it casts a shadow, also known as the penumbra, and it causes a subtle dimming of the lunar surface. The second lunar eclipse aka chandra grahan of the year will take place on 5 June 2020.

It's also known as the honey moon, the mead moon and the rose moon. Often given the nickname blood moon, lunar eclipses are spectacular astrological sights.

For the uninitiated, there are three types of Lunar eclipse: Total lunar eclipse, partial lunar eclipse, and penumbral lunar eclipse.

If clouds remain clear, the lunar eclipse can be seen from all parts of the country with naked eye. No special equipment would be needed to watch the penumbral lunar eclipse. The lunar show begins at 1:45 p.m. EDT (17:45 UTC), but to catch the maximum eclipse, tune in at 3:24 p.m. EDT (19:24 UTC), according to timeanddate.com, which explained that "the moon is below the horizon during this eclipse, so it is not possible to view it in NY".

The year 2020 saw its first penumbral lunar eclipses on January 10 to January 11.

The event will begin at around 11:15 pm IST and reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54 am on June 6.

What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?

The celestial show doesn't end there.

Our planet Earth witnesses different kinds of lunar eclipses when it's in a particular alignment with the Sun and the Moon. It usually occurs two weeks before an annular solar eclipse. But, just like the strawberry moon's penumbral lunar eclipse, this eclipse won't be visible in North America.

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