See The Full 'Buck Moon' On 4th Of July

Pablo Tucker
July 7, 2020

Will not be: There will be an even even larger celestial deal with for skygazers this weekend a full moon and a partial penumbral eclipse will be noticeable this Saturday and Sunday (July 4-5). We are expecting the moon to be approximately half-covered by the penumbra when it reaches maximum eclipse. There will be four eclipses to be witnessed this year across our planet.

Sure, lots of deep-sky imagers tend to simply pack it in around Full Moon... but if skies are clear, take a look at the Moon early on Sunday morning, for the most elusive of lunar eclipses.

Are penumbral lunar eclipses worth watching?

If your family's Fourth of July fireworks strategies are up in smoke because of the pandemic, enjoy the sky for a lunar eclipse as a substitute.


Penumbral lunar eclipse in Moscow, Russia.

In a total lunar eclipse, the moon is complete in Earth's shadow and can take on a blood-red hue. This is different from a total lunar eclipse as during a punumbral eclipse the earth, moon and sun are not perfectly aligned so only the outer shadow of the earth covers part of the moon.

Unfortunately, this lunar eclipse of July 4-5 will never be visible in India.

Skywatchers are in for a treat on July 4, when the buck moon, or July full moon, rises in the sky.


The moon will pass into Earth's shadow as it orbits the planet some 870,000 miles away, which will shroud part of its surface in darkness. Unfortunately, people in India will never be able directly see the eclipse.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth, Moon and Sun come in a straight alignment. "According to this almanac, as the total Moon in July and the initial whole Moon of summer, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States identified as this total Moon the Buck Moon". Guru Moon originates from Hindu tradition, where the lunar event is referred to as Guru Purnima.

Five things you should know about the moon. This will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, which will begin at 8:37 AM IST according to timeanddate.com and will end at 11:22 AM IST. The last black moon took place on August 30, 2019, which was also a super new moon, and the next one is set to take place on August 19, 2020. In 2020, the Hunter's Moon on October 31 will also be a blue moon because it is the second full moon to occur in October. The first one was witnessed on June 2.


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