Strawberry Moon lunar eclipse of 2020 occurs today. Here’s what to expect.

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A digital rendering of how the moon will appear during the June 5 penumbral eclipse. (Image credit: Starry Night)
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This sky map shows the penumbral lunar eclipse of June 5, 2020, over Sao Paolo, Brazil, at 6:30 p.m. local time. The moon will be in the constellation Ophiuchus, to the left of the Scorpius constellation. At this time, the Earth's penumbral shadow will be moving off of the moon's upper limb.

The June 5 penumbral lunar eclipse as seen from Sao Paolo. (Image credit: SkySafari app)
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At the moment of greatest eclipse, on June 5, 2020 at 3:25:02 p.m. EDT (19:25:02 GMT), about half of the moon's surface will be in Earth's penumbral shadow, causing that half of the moon to appear slightly darker than usual. This map also shows the moon's path through Earth's shadow; the larger circle represents the penumbra, while the smaller circle represents the darker, inner shadow called the umbra.

A diagram showing Earth’s inner shadow, or umbra, and outer shadow, or penumbra, as they will align with the moon on June 5. (Image credit: SkySafari app)
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A map showing where the June 5 penumbral eclipse will and will not be visible from Earth.

A map showing where the June 5 penumbral eclipse will and will not be visible from Earth. (Image credit: F. Espenak/NASA GSFC)

Sharp-eyed skywatchers in parts of the world may be able to catch a slight lunar eclipse today (June 5) as Earth embarks on a new “eclipse season,” although North American viewers will be out of luck

Today’s eclipse will be what astronomers dub a “penumbral eclipse,” which occurs when the outer ring of Earth’s shadow just grazes the moon. (During a partial eclipse, the moon falls somewhat into Earth’s inner shadow; during a total lunar eclipse it falls entirely into that inner shadow.)



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