New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: In a good news for the skygazers, a Lunar Eclipse 2020 will take place today. The eclipse will start from 11:15 pm on June 5 and will remain to be visible till 2:34 am on June 6. This will be the second of the four "Penumbral Lunar Eclipses" of the year 2020 and skygazers across the country would be excited to watch this special phenomena that will last for more than three hours.

The Time and Date has said that this Lunar Eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica and countries in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic ocean. However, it will be harder to see the eclipse as it will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipses and the moon will be a slight fainter.

What is Lunar Eclipse?

The Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon while revolving and casts its shadow on the Moon. There are a total of three types of eclipse: Partial Lunar eclipse, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, and total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse is also being referred to as Strawberry Moon Eclipse. It is because lunar eclipse in June is referred to as Strawberry Moon. The name is universal. Previously, they were also referred to as Honey Moon or Mead Moon by Europeans. This is because honey is harvested in this time of the year and mead -- a drink is made from fermented honey.


When, where and how to watch this special phenomena?

The Lunar eclipse will be visible in most parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, Pacific, some parts of America. The eclipse will start at 11.15 pm on June 5 and will be visible till 2.34 am on June 6. The full stage can be seen at around 12.54 am on Saturday (June 6). It will last for three hours and 18 minutes.

Since it is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, skywatchers may find it tough to differentiate from a regular full moon. You can watch the lunar eclipse directly from your eyes but is advised to watch it from a telescope. The effect of a lunar eclipse can have positive and negative impact on your life.


The next two Lunar Eclipse will appear on July 4-5, November 29-30. Besides Lunar Eclipse, you can also watch the solar eclipse on June 21 beginning 9.15 am till 3.04 pm.

Posted By: James Kuanal