June 2020 to Feature Solar & Lunar Eclipses

May 23, 2020

The year 2020 is packed with spectacular cosmic activity, and June will play host to two notable celestial events: a partial penumbral lunar eclipse will darken the night sky on June 5 and 6, while an annular solar eclipse is set to occur on June 21.

According to Time and Date, penumbral lunar eclipses can be hard to differentiate from regular full moons; however, avid stargazers in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America should be able to catch a glimpse of this fascinating alignment of the Sun, Earth, and the Moon.

The penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 12:45 a.m. EST on June 5 and will peak at 2:24 p.m. on the same day.

The annular (ring-shaped) solar eclipse on June 21, where the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun leaving a visible “ring of fire,” will be seen from Earth’s Eastern Hemisphere only, across Africa, southeastern Europe, Asia, and the Pacific.

The very best views, advises Space.com, will be afforded to people residing on the latitudinal line running from central Africa to northern India, China, and Taiwan. The first sighting will occur at 11:47 p.m. EST.

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