Penumbral lunar eclipse: learn how to observe

James Marshall
November 30, 2020

The year 2020's fourth lunar eclipse is going to occur on November 30. This results in Earth blocking only some of the sun's light, and only the outer part of the Earth's shadow is casted on the moon, making it appear as a penumbra.

There are three kinds of lunar eclipses, namely, total eclipse, partial eclipse, and penumbral eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow falls over the Moon, and only occurs on a full moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon all come together.

According to the North American Space Agency (NASA), the phenomenon could be followed in the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Ocean. The last lunar eclipse of this year will affect the Taurus sign and Rohini nakshatra, said astrologers adding that it could also have an effect on nearly all the zodiac signs. That said, it should also be noted that the penumbra is duller than the dark core of the Earth's shadow and it makes a penumbral eclipse hard to differentiate from a normal full Moon! With the eclipse lasting for more than four hours, the duration of the eclipse will be substantially longer than the previous eclipses.

Just like other full moons throughout the year, the November full moon has generated a few different nicknames over time. After this comes the most intense part of the eclipse, when a part of the moon appears to be shrouded in charcoal grey hue. The eclipse shall begin at around 1:04 pm local time.

Will Lunar Eclipse 2020 be visible in India? Three eclipses lined up in a period of one month, astrophysicists said that while double eclipses are common, triples are rare.

However, people in some northern and eastern parts of the country will be able to see the penumbral eclipse.

But experts say that the event will be hard to catch without proper instrumentation. After the lunar eclipse event of November 30 gets over, another solar eclipse event will occur on December 14.

A total of six eclipses were scheduled to take place this year.

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