This June 5 in some parts of the world you can see the second penumbral eclipse of the Moon this year. On average, lunar eclipses occur approximately twice a year. However, this year there will be four.
According to NASA, the Moon moves in an orbit around Earth, and at the same time, Earth orbits around the Sun. Sometimes the Earth moves between the sun and the Moon. When this happens, the Earth blocks sunlight that is normally reflected by the Moon. Did you know that this sunlight is what makes the moon shine?
So instead of light hitting the Moon’s surface, Earth’s shadow falls on it. This generates a lunar eclipse.
What is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon?
According to NASA, a penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the pale periphery of Earth’s shadow. It is so subtle that sky watchers often do not notice an eclipse occurring. It is easier to notice it through a telescope.
In what parts of the world will it be seen?
This map published by NASA shows the parts of the planet where this eclipse can be seen. It will last 3 hours with 18 minutes and 13 seconds. It will begin at 2:12 p.m. (Mexico City time).
It will only be seen in some parts of South America.
Likewise, it is important to clarify that to observe this type of eclipses, eye protection is not necessary, unlike those of the Sun.
- Two other eclipses are also coming soon:
There will be an annular eclipse of the Sun on June 21. This will be one day after the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Also, there will be a third on July 4 and it will also be another penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
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With information from NASA.