The ‘Strawberry Full Moon’ lunar eclipse on June 5 will be penumbral — here's how that's different from partial and total lunar eclipses
Strawberry Full Moonwill take place this Friday on June 5.
- It will also be the same time as the
penumbral lunar eclipse, the first of three eclipses set to take place this season.
- A penumbral lunar eclipse is not the same as a partial or
total lunar eclipse, which can make it a little harder to spot.
AdvertisementThe ‘strawberry’ moon lunar eclipse is set to occur on June 5 — this Friday. It will be a penumbral
A lunar eclipse or
Lunar eclipses can only occur at the time of a full moon. However, there are three types of lunar eclipses — total, partial and penumbral.
Difference between penumbral, partial and total lunar eclipses
The difference between the three types of lunar eclipses is essentially the intensity of the Earth’s shadow.
During a penumbral lunar eclipse, it’s only the Earth’s outer shadow that falls on the Moon. This outer part is called the penumbra.
However, during a
A total lunar eclipse, on the other hand, is the most obvious of lunar eclipses. The three celestial bodies are perfectly in line, and the Earth’s central shadow is enough to block out all of the Sun’s ray before they hit the Moon’s surface.
What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?
A penumbral lunar eclipse is the weakest of all lunar eclipses. The Moon only moves through the faint, outer part of the Earth’s shadow, which is why it’s often mistaken for a full moon rather than an actual eclipse. The alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth is imperfect.
However, if you happen to have a telescope on hand — you’ll notice the Moon slightly darken during the time.
AdvertisementThe Strawberry Moon penumbral lunar eclipse is the first one of the year. The second is set to occur on July 5 —- the third in the season of eclipses this year — during the Buck Moon. The third penumbral lunar eclipse will occur a few months later, in November, during the Beaver Full Moon.
In order of a penumbral lunar eclipse to occur there are two underlying conditions. One, that the Moon must be in the ‘Full Moon’ phase. And second, the Earth, Sun and Moon should be ‘nearly aligned’ but not as closely aligned as during a partial lunar eclipse.
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