What is a penumbral lunar eclipse? Unlike a total eclipse in which the moon goes completely dark or takes on a dark red or orange color, the moon will merely have dark shading on its face. But what makes the forthcoming eclipse special is that the eclipse family turns three this time, as the penumbral eclipse that is predicted to take place on July 5 is the third eclipse from the chain that sprouted on June 5.
Unlike a full lunar or solar eclipse, the visual effect of a penumbral eclipse is usually so minimal, it can be hard to notice.
July's full moon, known as the Buck Moon, will rise on Saturday evening and end with a partial lunar eclipse. People in some places in Africa and western Europe will also be able to see part of the eclipse. Both eclipses will be visible in our area, as long as there are no clouds in the sky.More news: COVID-19: B.C. health officials reopening care homes to family visits
A penumbral lunar eclipse means the moon passes only through the Earth's outer shadow, called the penumbra. "Then again... very observant people will notice something odd happening on the moon, even while not knowing an eclipse is taking place".
The eclipse will be visible throughout much of the United States, and it should start on July 4 around 10:07 pm local time and last until 1:52 am.
The next full moon, known as the Sturgeon Moon, is expected to take place on August 3.More news: Gilead Sciences Announces Pricing for COVID-19 Treatment Remdesivir
People of all ages can see the event - no telescope required - but knowing what time to look up is key.
Clouds could be an issue for much of the rest of the US mainland, especially across the Deep South, New England and swaths of the central USA where thick clouds and rain will block out the night sky.
The lunar eclipse won't be visible in India and a number of regions across the globe this time.More news: OnePlus’ new affordable smartphone product line to be called ‘OnePlus Nord’