The country witnessed the first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 in the month of January last.
The next lunar eclipse is scheduled to occur between June 5 and June 6.
Just like the first eclipse, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a penumbral one, which is a bit hard to distinguish from a normal full moon.
It happens when the moon moves through the faint outer part of the earth’s shadow.
According to timeanddate.com, the penumbral lunar eclipse of June can be witnessed from Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.
During the maximum phase of this eclipse, the moon will turn a shade darker.
The upcoming penumbral lunar eclipse will occur between June 5 and June 6, 2020.
It will start at 11:15 pm on June 5 as per the Indian Standard Timing (IST) and reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54 am on June 6 when the faint shadow completely engulfs the moon.
The penumbral eclipse will end at 2:34 am on June 6.
A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the sun, earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned and the earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the moon with the outer part of its shadow.
This part is called the penumbra and thus comes the name penumbral lunar eclipse.
Since the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the earth’s shadow, a penumbral eclipse is hard to distinguish from the normal full moon.