Penumbral Lunar Eclipse today


The eclipse marks the start of the second eclipse season in 2020, and will occur from 5.45 p.m. UT (1.45 p.m ET) to 9.04 p.m. UT (5.04 p.m. ET) on June 5.

Like any full moon, the moon can appear reddish-pink which is caused by atmospheric conditions on Earth or a partial lunar eclipse.

This Friday the 5th of June will take place the second eclipse penunbral lunar this 2020. It happens when the Moon passes through the outer part of the Earth's shadow.

June 5 will be a penumbral lunar eclipse which is usually hard to differentiate from a regular full moon. On Friday afternoon, June 5th, at 3:12 PM EDT, the latest Full Moon of the year, which was initially known as the Rose Moon in Europe, is set to appear in the skies. It can be seen in full at 12.54 am on Saturday, and will last for three hours and 18 minutes in entirety.

According to the Maine Farmer's Almanac - which first published the Native American names for the full Moons in the 1930's - the name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in northeastern North America.

This has led to clearer skies as there is less smog, and experts believe this could create a ideal viewing for the Strawberry Moon. During the maximum phase of this eclipse, the Moon turns a shade darker.

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There are three eclipses that will be taking place in this lunar month.

Based on PAGASA's astronomical diary, the penumbral eclipse will be visible in the country and will begin when the Moon enters penumbra at 1:45 a.m. and ends at 5:04 a.m.

Tomorrow morning, Australia is being treated to a rare full "Wolf Moon" lunar eclipse. Ancient Mesopotamians too saw lunar eclipses as an assault on Earth's satellite.

The full moon in June is also nicknamed as "Strawberry Moon". It should "appear large and golden hued", according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The peak of the full moon happens depending on your time zone. Just like the lunar eclipse in January, even today's lunar eclipse will be penumbral one. It's Vat Purnima to Hindus and Poson Poya to Buddhists. Brazil, West Africa and most of Europe will only see the eclipse after the moon has risen on Friday evening, the rest of Africa and most of Asia will see the whole event.