Will the Hudson Valley Get to See the July 4th Lunar Eclipse?

Pablo Tucker
July 1, 2020

"The penumbra causes only a slight darkening of the Moon's surface, with the Moon still exposed to some direct sunlight, so this type of eclipse is easy to miss", Royal Museums Greenwich adds.

Star gazers, get ready, because there's going to be a stunning full buck moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse taking place this weekend. The first celestial veiling was observed as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on June 5 after which an annular solar eclipse appeared on June 21, lastly completing its last phase as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on July 5. On Saturday night, a partial lunar eclipse will coincide with the July 2020 full moon to create a rare Thunder Moon eclipse.

A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are in an imperfect alignment such that the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and the Moon moves through the outer part of the Earth's shadow.

The eclipse will be the flawless celestial event for those across the United States staying up late after Independence Day fireworks, as long as clouds don't interfere. "Then again... very observant people will notice something unusual happening on the moon, even while not knowing an eclipse is taking place".

This is vastly different from a total lunar eclipse when the moon goes completely dark and can even take on a deep red or rusty orange color.

The eclipse will start Saturday, July 4 at 11:07 P.M. EDT and continue until Sunday, July 5 at 1:52 A.M. EDT. To see the whole process on the website of the project "Virtual telescope".

Other areas of the continent will have some clouds around throughout the night, but there should be enough breaks for people to catch occasional glimpses of the darkened moon throughout the eclipse.

The eclipse will not be visible in the northernmost regions of Canada and all of Alaska.

The 5th July Lunar Eclipse would be seen from South/West Europe, parts of Africa, parts of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and, Antarctica.

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