A partial lunar eclipse happens when a segment of the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow.
- The Lunar Eclipse will occur on May 5
- The eclipse is rare since it will be penumbral
- Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon
By ash24news Science Desk: Days after several parts of the world saw the sun being blocked by the Moon, causing a solar eclipse, another celestial phenomenon will be seen as the Sun, Moon, and Earth align together. This time it’s a lunar eclipse.
The Lunar eclipse will occur on May 5 as the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the sunlight from reaching the Moon and casting a giant shadow on the natural satellite. The eclipse is rare since it will be penumbral in nature and will not repeat for at least two decades. Lunar eclipses can be total or partial.
A partial lunar eclipse happens when a segment of the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow. During partial eclipses, Earth’s shadow frequently looks pretty dark on the side of the Moon. However, what can be seen from Earth depends on how the Sun, Earth, and Moon align.
WHAT IS A PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE?
A penumbral lunar eclipse is a rare phenomenon, which is the result of the Moon moving through the faint, outer part of Earth’s shadow known as the penumbra. Due to the imperfect alignment of the three celestial bodies, Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface and covers all or part of the Moon.
WILL INDIA SEE A PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE?
Yes, the penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible in India.
For a lunar eclipse to occur, two conditions are essential. First, there should be a full moon phase and secondly, the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be nearly aligned.
The lunar eclipse will be seen in several parts of the country during which Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, will miss the Moon. However, the penumbral lunar eclipse is a bit difficult to observe due to the subtle dimming effect and the imperfect alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth.