2020 is a very important year for all the sky lovers including stargazers. There were a lot of special sceneries and there are a lot more to come in near future as well. Another special sky scenery is to fall on the 5th and the 6th of June starting with a partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. In addition to this, another solar eclipse is going to fall on the 21st of June this year.
As said earlier, there is a hub of astronomical events to come forth this year. The three super moons in a sequence as the Full Worm Moon in March, Full Pink Moon in April and the Full Flower Moon in May are the significant events which occurred recently. And also ‘Eta Aquarids’ Meteor Shower was just before the Full Flower Moon.
As we haven’t yet reached the first half of this year, there are a lot more for us to see as sky watchers. The events start with a partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on the 5th and 6th of June. The solar eclipse will also fall on the 21st of June in a row.
According to the reports, this year is going to have a blast with six total eclipses as 2 solar and 4 lunar eclipses. The Annular Solar Eclipse is to occur on June 21st while the Total Eclipse falls on the 14th of December. However, all the forthcoming lunar eclipses will be partial.
An eclipse occurs when the light from a celestial body, maybe Moon or Sun, is blocked by Earth or Moon. By the way, we’re only able to experience only 2 types of eclipses created due to various alignments of the Earth, Moon and Sun. Solar eclipses on the Earth occur due to the obstruction of the Sun by the moon while Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth comes in between the moon and the sun.
Penumbral lunar eclipses occur when the moon lies at the outer shadow of our planet. Such a penumbral lunar eclipse is to happen on the 5th and the 6th of June. This is due to the imperfect alignment of these three celestial bodies. This type of a lunar eclipse is quite fine as the moon has to be a bit darker where the shadow of the Earth falls.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:
As per what’s said by the organizations, the penumbral lunar eclipse of June will be visible to Australia, Africa, much of Asia and Eruope, South west of South America and Antarctica. The lunar eclipse is expected to start at UTC 17:45:51 on the 5th of June and it is expected to reach the climax of it at 19:24:55. It will continue until 19:24:55.
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Annular Solar Eclipse:
As stated earlier in the article, the Annular Solar Eclipse is due to fall on the 21st of June. This occurs as a result of the moon’s perfect alignment between the Earth and the Sun. Therefore, as a result, the outer ring of the sun will be visible to the ones on the Earth. The outer ring of the sun is also called the ‘ring of fire’. ‘Annulus’ has a Latin origin and it means the ring. Thus the event was named as the Annular Solar Eclipse.
But, be careful about your eyes when you are going to watch the Eclipse. This is a special event which you should watch without harming your eyes. Therefore, never look at the eclipse directly with your naked eyes. Always use protective, special-purpose solar filters. Solar filters are also used in hand-held solar viewers or in “eclipse glasses” which is made under a specific worldwide standard called ‘ISO 12312-2’. Never use your sunglasses to watch the eclipse as it can’t protect your eyes from the harmful effects – No matter how dark it is!
The areas with clear skies will be able to get the full view of the solar eclipse very well and it will be visible to the areas such as some of the parts of Africa including Congo, Ethiopia and Central Africa Republic plus most of North India, South of Pakistan and China.
Much of Asia, South/East Europe/ North in Australia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans will be able to get the partial view of the eclipse.
The Annular Solar Eclipse will reach its climax at UTC 12:10am on the 21st of June. It’s expected to be continued for 3 hours, 18 minutes.
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Source of the information: TheMindUnleashed