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Second Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of Year 2020 Friday

Skywathchers in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa will be able to witness the eclipse

Thursday June 4, 2020 8:39 PM, ummid.com News Network

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Mumbai: Skygazers in India and abroad will be able to witness second Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020 Friday June 5.

The second celestial event of 2020, a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, will start at 11:15 pm on June 05 and continue till till 02:34 am on June 6.

Skywathchers in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa will be able to witness the eclipse. During the maximum phase of this eclipse, the Moon turns a shade darker.

Lunar Eclipse Start and End time in india

The eclipse will begin at 11.15 pm on Friday (June 5) and will end at around 2.34 am on Saturday (June 6), reports coming from various Planetariums said.

The lunar eclipse on Friday will be the second of the four Penumbral Lunar Eclipses that will take place this year.

The first Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of the year 2020 was witnessed on January 10, 2020. The other two Penumbral Lunar Eclipses will occur on July 5 and November 30.

Normal vs Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

In a normal lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through the central part of the Earth's shadow called umbra, and one witnesses considerable darkening of the lunar disc.

But in case of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, there will be a slight dimming of the lunar surface, according to astrophysicists.

"To a naked eye it is sometimes a little difficult to recognise a penumbral lunar eclipse, though it is interesting to see the larger than usual appearance of the Moon, and the shifts in shadow during the four-hour period," the astrophysicists said.

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