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Lunar Eclipse 2020 Highlights: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse now over, here are some photos

Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan 2020 Today in India Highlights: The penumbral lunar eclipse has started and will end at 2:34 AM on June 6.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2020 11:49:23 am
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Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan 2020 Today in India Highlights: The first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 was a penumbral one, which occurred in the month of January itself. The second lunar eclipse of the year is also a penumbral eclipse that is scheduled to happen tonight starting at 11:15 pm. The lunar eclipse will start on June 5 but stretch out to June 6, 2020.

It will reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54 am (on June 6) when the faint shadow of the Earth completely engulfs the Moon. The eclipse will end at 2:34 am on June 6, 2020, when the Moon comes out of the shadow. A penumbral eclipse is a bit hard to distinguish from a normal Full Moon.

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It happens when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned and the Earth casts a faint shadow over the Moon. The outer part of Earth’s shadow, also known as the penumbra, blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon. A penumbral eclipse is hard to distinguish from the normal Full Moon as the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth’s shadow.

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Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan 2020 Today in India Highlights:

00:59 (IST)06 Jun 2020
The lunar eclipse is at its peak

At 12.54 am on June 6, the Lunar Eclipse was at its peak. The Moon will now start moving out of the penumbra and will fully complete the eclipse at 2:34 AM IST on June 6.

00:37 (IST)06 Jun 2020
When will the lunar eclipse be at its peak?

57 per cent of the Moon will slide into the Earth's penumbra at 12:54 AM on June 6. After which it will start moving out of the penumbra. It will fully complete the eclipse at 2:34 AM IST on June 6.

After this only two more penumbral eclipses will take place in 2020: one in July and the second one in November.

(Express Photo: Nandagopal Rajan)

00:20 (IST)06 Jun 2020
Here's a look at how the Moon is looking during the ongoing penumbral lunar eclipse

Take a look at these amazing photos of the Strawberry Lunar Eclipse 2020.

(Express Photo: Karanveer Singh Arora)

(Express Photo: Karanveer Singh Arora)

(Express Photo: Karanveer Singh Arora)

00:08 (IST)06 Jun 2020
Lunar Eclipse June 2020: Things you did not know about this Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse June 2020: During aFull Moon, when the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon form a straight line with the Earth blocking the sunlight from directly reaching the Moon, we witness the lunar eclipse from Earth. There are a total of three kinds of lunar eclipse — total, partial, and penumbral — all of which depend on the alignment of the three celestial bodies.

The year 2020 was scheduled to have a total of four lunar eclipses. In the month of January this year, we had witnessed the first lunar eclipse of 2020 and the next one is due this week between June 5 and June 6. This eclipse will be penumbral one, which will make it hard to spot for normal people.

23:54 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Only 57 per cent of the Moon will pass through Earth's penumbra during this Lunar Eclipse

The magnitude of this eclipse is at -0.405-degrees according to Time and Date. At this axis only around 57 per cent of the Moon will go into the Earth's penumbra. The total duration of this eclipse will be around three hours and 18 minutes. The peak of this eclipse will take place at 12:54 AM IST.

23:38 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Where is the lunar eclipse currently visible?

The lunar eclipse is currently visible to people living in most parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. If the Lunar Eclipse is currently not visible at where you live, take a look at it in the live video embedded below:

23:22 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Lunar Eclipse 2020 begins

The second penumbral eclipse of 2020 started at 11:15 PM IST. It will be a bit difficult to spot the eclipse at the beginning. According to a report by Sky and Telescope, due to the Moon becoming faint, it will be difficult to spot the eclipse until the Moon slides at least halfway into the Earth’s penumbra.

(Image: MissBunnyDoodle/Twitter)

23:04 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Watch the live stream of Lunar Eclipse 2020 here

You can watch the livestream of tonight's lunar eclipse inside of the window embedded below:

22:56 (IST)05 Jun 2020
People have started posting photos of the Moon on social media platforms

Various people have taken to Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to post images of the Moon ahead of the beginning of tonight's lunar eclipse. Take a look at some amazing photos that people have taken of the Moon below:

22:37 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Lunar eclipse to begin in less than a hour

The lunar eclipse will start at 11:15 PM IST, which is less than an hour away. It will go on until 2:34 am on June 6, 2020, and will reach its peak position at 12:54 AM IST on June 6. During this time it will become a bit difficult to view the eclipse as the Moon will have a faint reflection due to the Earth's penumbra blocking off the light from the sun.

(Image: timeanddate.com)

You can see in the graphic embedded above how the lunar eclipse will take place.

21:57 (IST)05 Jun 2020
You can also call this eclipse Mead Moon Eclipse or the Honey Moon Eclipse

Apart from the Strawberry Moon Eclipse name, this lunar eclipse is also being called as the Mead Moon Eclipse or the Honey Moon Eclipse. This is because it is also a time when honey is ripe and ready to be harvested.

However, these names are not as popular, just due to the fact that June has already been labelled as the month of Strawberries.

21:18 (IST)05 Jun 2020
The Moon will not appear red, however, it might have a rose colour tinge

Even though this eclipse is called the Strawberry Lunar Eclipse, the Moon will not shine pink or red. During this, the Moon will look faint, due to the Earth's penumbra shadow.

According to NASA, the full Moon in June is always particularly low in the sky, which makes it shine much more than other times in the year. Due to this NASA has stated that the Moon will have a rose colour tinge to it, similar to the rising or setting Sun.

20:45 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Lunar Eclipse 2020 to start in two hours 30 minutes

(Representational Image: Express photo by Praveen Jain)

Only two hours 30 minutes left till the second penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020 begins. It will have a total duration of three hours and 18 minutes and will end at 2:34 am on June 6.

You can check out the lunar eclipse yourself by looking out the window if you live in most parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. If not you can watch a live stream of the event at timeanddate.com, YouTube channels: Slooh and Virtual Telescope. Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 will also be hosting a live telecast of the eclipse at www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/.

20:03 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Why is this penumbral lunar eclipse called Strawberry Lunar Eclipse?

The month of June is when the ripening of strawberry crops in the United States takes place, which is why June is labelled as the month of Strawberries. And due to this lunar eclipse happening in June, it is being labelled as the Strawberry Lunar Eclipse.

The magnitude of this eclipse will be -0.405 and it will have a total duration of three hours and 18 minutes according to Time and Date.

19:16 (IST)05 Jun 2020
When will the eclipse become visible?

According to a report by Sky and Telescope, due to the Moon becoming faint, it will be very difficult for the public to check out until it slides at least halfway into Earth’s penumbra. Some people might even mistake this lunar eclipse for a full Moon, as it will appear just like that with a colour fade.

18:29 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Penumbral eclipse looks like a normal Full Moon

Since a penumbral is hard to notice, it will be difficult for people to notice anything until the Moon’s edge has slid at least halfway inside of the Earth’s penumbra. It is being reported that the total duration of this penumbral lunar eclipse is three hours and 18 minutes.

18:03 (IST)05 Jun 2020
How many penumbral lunar eclipses are left in 2020?

The year 2020 is supposed to see a total of four penumbral lunar eclipses. Out of these one has already taken place and tonight we will be witnessing the second penumbral eclipse of 2020. After this only two more lunar eclipses will be left, both of which will take place later this year, one in July and the second one in November.

16:02 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Lunar eclipse timing

In India, people can watch the lunar eclipse tonight at 11:15 pm when the Earth's penumbral shadow starts engulfing the Moon. The eclipse will reach the maximum phase at 12:54 am on June 6 when the shadow of the Earth completely covers up the Moon. The penumbral eclipse will end at 2:34 am on June 6, 2020, when the Moon.

15:11 (IST)05 Jun 2020
What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?



A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. The Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, which is known as the penumbra. That is why this eclipse is called a penumbral lunar eclipse. Since the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth’s shadow, a penumbral eclipse is hard to distinguish from the normal Full Moon.

14:28 (IST)05 Jun 2020
How does lunar eclipse occur?


During the Full Moon, when the Moon, the Erath, and the Sun are in a straight line and the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, the lunar eclipse takes place. The Earth ends up blocking the Sun’s rays from directly reaching the Moon and casts a shadow on the Moon. Based on the alignment of the three celestial bodies, there are three kinds of lunar eclipses– total lunar eclipse, partial lunar eclipse, and penumbral lunar eclipse.

The upcoming penumbral lunar eclipse will happen between June 5 and June 6, 2020. The Moon will enter the faint part of Earth's shadow starting at 11:15 pm today as per the Indian Standard Timing (IST). The maximum eclipse will occur at 12:54 am on June 6 when the faint shadow completely engulfs the Moon. The penumbral eclipse will end at 2:34 am on June 6, 2020.

Apart from this lunar eclipse in June, this year has two more lunar eclipses scheduled ahead. The third lunar eclipse of 2020 will happen in July and the fourth and last lunar eclipse will occur in November 2020. These two eclipses will also be penumbral ones.