New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Days after witnessing the first Solar Eclipse of 2020, people across the world on Sunday witnessed third Lunar Eclipse of the year. Like the other two Lunar Eclipse, the third one was also a ‘Penumbral’ Lunar Eclipse.

However, sky gazers in India were not able to see the third Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020 as it was only visible in African countries, Western and Southern European nations, parts of South America and Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

So as people in India failed to witness the third Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020, we at Jagran English decided to give our viewers a glimpse of it. So here are some pictures of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse that the world witnessed on July 5, 2020:

About the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of July 5, 2020:  

The third Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020 had a duration of two hours and 45 minutes. According to timesanddates.com, the Lunar Eclipse began at 8.37 am IST and continued till 11.22 am. The Lunar Eclipse was at its maximum extent at 9.59 am. 

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

Lunar Eclipse is a special phenomenon that occurs when the sun, earth and the moon come in a straight line, with the moon moving into the shadow of the earth. Generally, Lunar Eclipses are of three types – Partial, Central and Penumbral. Experts say that only 30 per cent of the Lunar Eclipses are “partial eclipses” while 35 per cent of the Lunar Eclipses are “Penumbral” while the same number of eclipses are total eclipses of the moon.  

A Lunar Eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon and it generally lasts for up to nearly two hours. Lunar Eclipses are also relatively easier to watch and can be viewed without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are dimmer than the full Moon.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma