New Delhi: The world will witness the second penumbral lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) of 2020 on June 5.
In India, the penumbral lunar eclipse will start at 11:15 pm on June 5 and will end at 2:34 am on June 6. The eclipse will be visible at its full stage at 12:54 am on June 6.
A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned and the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon with the outer part of its shadow. This part is called the penumbra and thus comes the name 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.
It can be also called Strawberry Moon Eclipse as the moon appears a shade darker during the penumbral lunar eclipse phase.
According to Maine Farmer’s Almanac, June marks the ripening of strawberry crops in the United States (north-eastern), thus, the full moon occurring in this season is called the Strawberry Moon.
The eclipse will be seen from Asia (including India), Australia, Europe, Africa, South America, Pacific, and Antarctica. In India, eclipses are believed to be special celestial events according to the ancient scriptures. Therefore, they are held sacred, and special observances are prescribed. However, no restraints will be required in the event of the lunar eclipse on July 5 late night.