What is a lunar eclipse?
Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth’s shadow blocks the sunlight. The next lunar eclipse will take place on June 5 2020, and can be seen in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. It can only occur at full moon. Because the moon’s orbit around the Earth is at a slightly different angle than the Earth’s orbit. The perfect alignment for a lunar eclipse does not occur on every full moon day. There are three types of lunar eclipses.
- Total lunar eclipse
- Partial lunar eclipse
- Penumbral lunar eclipse
Total lunar eclipse (Blood red moon eclipse)
The full shadow of the earth falls on the moon. The moon will not disappear altogether, but if you do not seek the eclipse, it will be thrown into a darkness.
Some of the sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere is scattered and reflected into the moon and the moon turns red or copper color. Other colors of the spectrum are blocked and scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere, and the red light makes it easy.
If you stand on the moon and look back at the sun, you will see that the black disk of the Earth blocks the entire sun, but you also see a ring of reflected light shining around the edges of the earth.
Partial lunar eclipse
Some lunar eclipses occur only partially. But even a full eclipse can pass through a half-step on either side of the totality. At the partial lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are not perfectly aligned.
Penumbral lunar eclipse
This is the least interesting lunar eclipse because the moon is in the shadow of Earth. If you are not an experienced sky watcher, you will not see the effect that the moon has subtly shadowed by the shadow of the earth.
June 5, 2020 Penumbral lunar eclipse
On June 5, 2020, Central and western Africa, Southeast Asia and most of Australia will view the entire penumbral lunar eclipse, which begins at 17.45 GMT, peaks at 19.25 GMT and ends at 21.04 GMT.
July 5, 2020 Penumbral lunar eclipse
The third lunar eclipse of 2020 can be see in many parts of South America and North America. The slightest shadow appears less than half the face of the Moon and peak at GMT 04.31. The lunar eclipse begins on July 5 at GMT 03.07 and ends at 05.52 GMT.
November 30, 2020 Penumbral lunar eclipse
Last lunar eclipse of 2020, can be see from many places on Earth except the African continent, the majority of Europe, and central Eurasia. It starts at 07.32 GMT, peak at 09.44 GMT and ends at 11.53 GMT.
The next total lunar eclipse or the “Blood red moon”, will take place on May 26, 2021. It can be found in many parts of East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and most of the Americas. A partial lunar eclipse occur on November 19, 2021. It seen in North and South America, Australia, and parts of Europe and Asia.
However, the lunar eclipses can only be seen on a road roughly 50 miles wide, with each lunar eclipse visible to more than half the Earth.