Lunar eclipse 2020: The lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan is a celestial event that occurs when the Moon moves in the shadow of the Earth. There are three types of lunar eclipses – total, partial and penumbral.
The lunar eclipse that occurred today is a “penumbral eclipse”.
A “penumbral eclipse” occurs when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are not completely aligned. In this case, the Earth partially prevents sunlight from reaching the moon. Only a lighter outer shadow of the Earth – the penumbra – falls on the moon.
The lunar eclipse was visible until 11:21 a.m. (IST) today in many parts of the world.
NASA has also published schedules to watch the eclipse on its official Twitter handle.
“Look to the sky at 12:44 am ET to see the first full summer moon in the Northern Hemisphere and a partial penumbral eclipse, visible from most of North America https://go.nasa.gov/31JIYxO “NASA announced on Twitter.
This time, the lunar eclipse is gaining in importance because it co-incidence with Buck Moon.
What is a Buck Moon?
The full moon in July is called Buck Moon. According to NASA, at the beginning of summer, new antlers come from their foreheads. A full moon at this time is known as the Buck Moon. Some also called it Thunder Moon because of the frequent thunderstorms in the early summer months. Some even called it the Hay Moon because of the hay crop.
The scientist advises using protective equipment to watch any eclipse. In no case should an eclipse be observed with the naked eye. Special glasses must be used to watch the eclipse and lenses available on the market to watch the eclipse.