Published: Wed, July 01, 2020
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Penumbral lunar eclipse to coincide with July 4th fireworks

Penumbral lunar eclipse to coincide with July 4th fireworks

Every month of the year has a full moon - they occur every 27.5 days - and each of those moons has its own nickname.

In this type of eclipse, the moon misses the inner, darkest part of Earth's shadow, and instead it glances the outer, less dark part of the shadow, which will subtly darken a part of the lunar surface.

What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?

A penumbral eclipse of the moon can be hard to distinguish from a typical full moon, but sharp observers may note that it has slightly darkened the moon. The first celestial veiling was observed as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on June 5 after which an annular solar eclipse appeared on June 21, lastly completing its last phase as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on July 5. The last lunar eclipse of 2020 is slated to take place between November 29-30.

The next full moon, known as the Sturgeon Moon, is expected to take place on August 3.

The eclipse will be the flawless celestial event for those across the United States staying up late after Independence Day fireworks, as long as clouds don't interfere.


The eclipse, however, will be so faint that some might not even notice the dimming of the Moon.

In mid-July, both Jupiter and Saturn will reach peak brightness for 2020, providing the best chance to see the planets with or without a telescope.

The eclipse will begin at 10:07 pm CDT on July 4 and will end on July 5 at 12:52 am CDT.

Yep. There will be a partial lunar eclipse on July 05 2020.

Clouds could be an issue for much of the rest of the US mainland, especially across the Deep South, New England and swaths of the central USA where thick clouds and rain will block out the night sky. This makes the coming weekend a full Moon weekend. This too will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, but it will be visible over a larger area of land, including the Americas, Australia and eastern Asia. The eclipse will be visible across North America and South America and barring any clouds in the sky, Texans should have a great view.

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