Lunar Eclipse June 2020: What is Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and how is it special? All you need to know
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: India on the intervening night of June 5 and June 6 will witness the second Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020 which will last for 3 hours and 18 minutes. The Lunar Eclipse will begin at 11.15 pm Indian Standard Timing (IST) on June 5 and will end at 2.34 am Indian Standard Timing (IST) on June 6. Like the first Lunar Eclipse, this will also be a "Penumbral Lunar Eclipse", which is a bit different from a normal Lunar Eclipse because it happens only when the moon moves through the faint outer part of the earth's shadow. However, in this eclipse, the moon will turn a shade darker during most of the time.
So as you prepare to witness this special phenomena, here's all you need to know about the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:
The Lunar Eclipse can take place only when the sun, earth and moon line up in space, with earth in the middle due to which, earth’s shadow falls on the moon, creating a lunar eclipse. There are three types of Lunar Eclipses, Full, Partial and Penumbral.
The former two occur, when the alignment of sun, earth and moon is as such that moon appears to have shadowed in complete and partial synchrony respectively.
According to the EarthSky website, in a Penumbral Lunar eclipse, only the outer shadow of the earth, known as the Penumbra, falls on the moon's surface, making such an ecliptic alignment much more difficult to observe, as compared to full or partial Lunar Eclipses. The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse do not progress to reach the dramatic minutes of totality. At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a differential shadow on the moon’s surface.
Eclipse experts suggest that, about 35 per cent of all eclipses are Penumbral. Another 30 per cent are partial eclipses, where it appears as if a dark bite has been taken out of the moon albeit partially. Rest of the 35 per cent go all the way to becoming total eclipses of the moon, a beautiful natural event waits among astrophysics enthusiasts globally.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma