How to watch the 'Independence Day' lunar eclipse

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A penumbral lunar eclipse (upchaya chandra grahan in Hindi) is if the Earth blocks some of the Sun's light from directly attaining the Moon and the outer area of the Earth's shadow, called the "penumbra", covers all or part of the Moon.

An eclipse does occur any time a planet or moon passes between still another planet, moon or sunlight. This time, all four lunar eclipses in 2020 are penumbral. Unlike the lunar eclipse that accompanied June's whole "strawberry" moon, this eclipse will be obvious in most of the USA, like the lessen 48 and Hawaii, but not Alaska.

It is said that about one in three lunar eclipses are penumbral.

A total lunar eclipse, otherwise known as a "blood moon", occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

In a total lunar eclipse, the moon is complete in Earth's shadow and can take on a blood-red hue. It's scheduled to rise at dusk and set at dawn, with the capability to see some of Jupiter's largest moons including Lo, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

The third lunar eclipse in 2020 will happen on 5 July 2020. Well, the duration of this penumbral lunar eclipse is 2 hrs and 45 minutes. This weekend's celestial event rounds up the rare triple eclipse season that started last June 5.

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July 5th 2020 lunar eclipse chart of Moon’s path through Earth’s shadow

If you look at your own shadow on the footpath you'll see a main part where the Sun is completely blocked out. Unfortunately, people in India will never be able directly see the eclipse.

Eclipse is described as forming or partial forming of light from one celestial body by another celestial body. As per Hindu calendar year, the full moon of the Ashadha month is observed as the Guru Purnima. Here are the dates you need to know.

When are the next lunar eclipses?

July's eclipse started at 11.08pm in the US (Eastern Time) and ended Sunday at 1.53am - however it was only 35 per cent visible, according to Space.com. In 2020, the Hunter's Moon on October 31 will also be a blue moon because it is the second full moon to occur in October. Thus, the moon will not be visible.

After this weekend's firework-filled eclipse fun, the next lunar eclipse, which will also be a penumbral eclipse, will be this fall, on November 29-30. The maximum reach 6.28 and ended at 7.49, still visible in its final stages at the western end of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.


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