Lunar Eclipse On July 5 Coincides With Full Buck Moon This Year

Nearly full Buck moon in July 2019

In January previous year, China made history when their lunar probe comprising Chang'e 4 moon lander and its rover Yutu 2 landed on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin of the moon. In the current eclipse season, the first penumbral lunar eclipse fell on June 5 followed by the annular solar eclipse which appeared on June 21. The last lunar eclipse of 2020 is slated to take place between November 29-30. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth, the Sun and the Moon are in flawless alignment which causes the umbra to completely cover the Moon.

The penumbral lunar eclipse on July 5 won't be visible in India.

Will the penumbral lunar eclipse be visible in India?

The Earth will partially block the Sun's light from reaching the moon.

Lunar Eclipse 2020: What happens during a penumbral lunar eclipse? The pairing of solar eclipse and lunar eclipse thus formed is the pairing of two significant celestial events. The penumbra being fainter than the umbra - the central and the darkest portion of Earth's shadow, makes the eclipse seem like a normal Full Moon, just a little fainter.

What is the Buck Moon?

This lunar eclipse is known as "full buck moon" for a peculiar reason. The country is also planning to bring back Chang'e-5 probe to the Earth along with the lunar samples. It will be visible in some parts of South Asia including India, America, Europe and Australia. According to historical beliefs, Native Americans used to refer to a full moon sighting as "buck moon". Some also called it the Thunder Moon because of frequent thunderstorms in early summer months.

The lunar eclipse falling on July 5 will take begin at 08:37 am, reach its maximum peak at 09:59 am and will culminate at 11:22 am.

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