Lunar eclipse today 5th June 2020.

This lunar eclipse is Penumbral and is called as the ‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse”. This lunar eclipse can be witnessed in most parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica. No special glasses are required to watch this lunar eclipse and it is totally safe to watch with naked eyes.

A Lunar eclipse occurs when Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon. There are three types of lunar eclipses, total, partial, and penumbral.

The lunar eclipse will start at 11:15 pm on June 5 as per the Indian Standard Timing (IST) and reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54 am on June 6. The Chandra Grahan will end at 2:34 am on June 6, 2020.

The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and the Moon are not correctly aligned and the Earth blocks some of the sun’s rays from directly reaching the Moon with its shadow, also known as the penumbra. The penumbra is a lot fainter than the dark core of the Earth’s shadow.

Two more lunar eclipses are yet to come. The third lunar eclipse of 2020 will happen in July and the fourth one will occur in the month of November 2020 and these two eclipses are also penumbral.

According to NASA’s website, “The Moon will be close enough to opposite the Sun that it will pass through part of the partial shadow of the Earth, called a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon. During this eclipse, the Moon will not be in the sky for most of the Americas. If we could see the Moon, the slight dimming during this eclipse will not be noticeable without instrumentation. For spacecraft at the Moon such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar power is noticeable.”

According to sciencing.com, “While science finds no physical links to lunar eclipses, the beliefs about eclipses and their causes have led to some profound changes to humans throughout history. Eclipses, often viewed as signs or evil omens have led ancient tribes to sacrifice animals and other humans to sway what is seen as the angry mood of the gods.”