How to Watch This Friday's Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Katie Ramirez
June 3, 2020

The phenomenon, also known as a penumbral eclipse, occurs when the earth, sun and moon are all aligned.

During a total eclipse, the Moon passes through the darkest region of Earth's shadow, the umbra. During the lunar eclipse, Earth moves in between the sun and the moon and obstruct the sunlight that is reflected by the moon.

This full moon's peak is 3:12 p.m Eastern Daylight Time on June 5. People in India can witness the lunar eclipse at 11.15 pm.

Friday marks the strawberry moon. "Thus, some fraction of the Sun's direct rays continues to reach the most deeply eclipsed parts of the Moon during a penumbral eclipse".

The June full moon also has been called the full honey moon, mead moon and rose moon.

Rather than color, the naming of the strawberry moon is a nod to our agricultural seasons, from the early Native Americans who named it.

The next two lunar eclipses will be visible on July 4-5 and November 29-30.

Most people believe that during a lunar eclipse a simple cut will not heal properly and a scar will be left forever.

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The full moon during the penumbral lunar eclipse is seen on the outskirts of Chandigarh on Jan. 11 2020

The penumbra is more the "fluffy edge" of the eclipse's shadow, than the shadow itself, Prof Watson says - nearly negligible to the human eye, and really hard, if not impossible, to spot without the aid of a photometric telescope, which would allow you to measure the slight shading of the Moon.

"I'd be anxious about getting people out of bed in the middle of the night to see something so unspectacular!" Meanwhile, looking at a lunar eclipse directly does not cause any damage to the eyes.

'It'll be very obvious you don't need anything special to see it'.

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'Because it's going to last about three hours that means it's going to be peaking around twilight, so around dawn, when the sun is getting up, ' he said.

Fans of the traditional eclipse, i.e. a "total" or "partial" eclipse, can look forward to a Super Blood Moon Eclipse on May 26, 2021.

According to, people of Asia, Australia, Europe, or Africa, may be able to observe Strawberry Moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase.

The Full Moon will fire up your willpower.

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