We have a very welcome treat in store for our later evening hours, and will not be as loud as the fireworks. The full Buck Moon will turn into a partial penumbral lunar eclipse is due to happen: The eclipse will start on tonight at 10:08 p.m. CDT (0308 GMT Sunday, July 5) and end on Sunday at 12:53 a.m. CDT (0553 GMT). A partial eclipse that does not enter the umbra means that the partiality never comes completely shadowed, because it occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon aren’t perfectly aligned. Therefore only a corner of it becomes shadowed partially, and looks like a chunk of it is missing, just like it has been bitten. The details of this are at the NASA news article: July 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon. So, keep an eye out on your local weather, and permitting, get the cameras and telescopes out tonight! Enjoy!!
The complete event:
- Penumbral eclipse begins: 11:07 p.m. EDT (0307 GMT)
- Maximum eclipse: 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT)
- Penumbral eclipse ends: 1:52 a.m. EDT (0553 GMT)
Our friend – the Moon – is putting on a show tonight! 🌝
Look to the sky at 12:44am ET to see the first full Moon of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and a partial penumbral eclipse, visible from most of North America: https://t.co/c2zni7qniW pic.twitter.com/dGh3DAIAfr
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