• Ashutosh Saxena


Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Tonight a full moon is all set to grace the night skies in its pink shade on June 6 at 12:42 am IST (June 5 at 3:12 pm EDT). This is joined by a penumbral lunar eclipse that will start at 11:15 pm IST on June 5 and end at 2:34 am on June 6.

Along with other names such as Honey Moon, the Mead Moon, and Rose Moon the Strawberry Moon will be visible with the naked eyes tonight at 12.

The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon appears fully illuminated from Earth's perspective. This happens, when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun as the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180° or simply. This calendar year the full moon will appear 13 times from the face of the earth normally it is seen 12 times with one each month In 2020, October, the Moon will appear in its fullest twice.

For Hindus, this full Moon corresponds with Vat Purnima. The celebration is based on the legend of Savitri and Satyavan. Similarly, for Buddhists, this full Moon is the Poson Poya, as noted in a report by NASA.

the penumbral lunar eclipse will also grace tonight which will be visible in part of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, and parts of South America. In India, the penumbral lunar eclipse will start at 11:15 pm IST on June 5 and reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54 am on June 6, During this time, the Moon appears relatively darker.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon. The type and length of a lunar eclipse depend on the Moon's proximity to either node of its orbit. However, Penumbral lunar eclipse is a lunar eclipse that occurs when the Moon becomes completely immersed in the penumbral cone of the Earth without touching the umbra.

It will be visible for the next three days, however, for several countries in the Eastern Hemisphere (including India), the full moon on Friday will showcase a penumbral lunar eclipse.

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