The third lunar eclipse of the year will occur on July 5. However, it must be noted that this time it will not be visible in India. For 2020, this full Moon in early July is closer to the summer solstice and will be lower in the sky than the full Moon in June. The last eclipse took place on June 5 and was the second of four penumbral lunar eclipses of the year. Now, it’s time for the third eclipse of the season which will also be penumbral. There are three different types of lunar eclipses which include total, partial, and penumbral.
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. To recall, the first lunar eclipse of 2020 took place on January 10 followed by the second one on June 5.
During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon, stopping the light of the Sun from reaching the Moon and casting a complete shadow over it. During this partial Lunar Eclipse, the moon will travel through the Earth’s outer penumbra before and after partially sweeping through the Earth’s inner dark umbral shadow. Lastly, during a penumbral lunar eclipse, the Moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, thus becoming very faint.
The best time to observe the penumbral eclipse is when it reaches its peak, however, it would be bright sunshine in India during this time of the day. The Penumbral will be visible from several other parts of the world which include all the Latin American countries, much of North American countries like the USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Western European countries like UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, most of the African countries and Antarctica.
The lunar eclipse on July 5 will not be visible from India because it will be morning light and India would be facing the Sun. The Lunar Eclipse will take place on the night of 4th and 5th July. Just before the lunar eclipse 2020, the bright planet Jupiter and the fainter planet Saturn will appear in the east southeast, with Jupiter to the right about 6 degrees above the horizon and Saturn on the left about 3 degrees above the horizon. The bright star closest to appearing directly overhead will be Arcturus, appearing 64 degrees above the southwestern horizon. The three bright stars of the “Summer Triangle” will appear towards the east, with Vega appearing 55 degrees above the horizon in the east-northeast, Deneb about 35 degrees above the horizon to the lower left of Vega, and Altair in the east about 26 degrees above the horizon. Since it will be morning in India, these coordinates only stand applicable for the US and other Western Hemisphere countries.