A Gorgeous 'Full Buck Moon' Lunar Eclipse Will Light Up The Night Sky This Week

A Gorgeous 'Full Buck Moon' Lunar Eclipse Will Light Up The Night Sky This Week

This Independence Day, get ready for another lunar eclipse to adorn the sky.

There's going to be a new type of show in the sky on July 4, not the fireworks but a celestial one. This independence day, get ready for another lunar eclipse to adorn the sky. July 4 is a full Moon night and will then be followed by a rare and subtle "Buck" or "Thunder Moon Eclipse." Stargazing should definitely be in your list of at-home weekend plans. A lack of fireworks this year, due to the coronavirus might actually work in favor of those who want to see the eclipse. This will be the second penumbral eclipse of this lunar cycle. 



The full Moon will be rising just after sunset on the evening of Saturday, July 4, and will appear as a full moon at 7:23 p.m. It will, however, be reaching peak illumination only at 12:44 A.M. Eastern Time. You can see the moonrise towards the southeast horizon. This is another penumbral eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow, also known as the penumbra. This type of eclipse is very subtle and people can't tell the difference often assuming it is a regular Full Moon. This is because the shadow darkens the Moon so lightly that it looks only slightly darker than usual. 



According to eclipse expert Fred Espenak, about 35 percent of all eclipses are penumbral, Earth Sky reported. Another 35 percent are total lunar eclipses where the inner part of Earth’s shadow, also known as the umbra, falls on the moon’s face. The entire shadow falling on the moon makes the moon look blood red. The final 30 percent is the partial lunar eclipse, in which it looks like the umbra of the Earth has taken a bite out of the moon. But this partial shadow recedes, never reaching the total phase. These are all beautiful and natural phenomena that are interesting to observe.



This Full Moon is also referred to as the Buck Moon or Thunder Moon. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in July is traditionally called the Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode at around this time. It also referred to as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. These traditional names come from the Native American Moon names and their folklore and have been used to track the seasons as well. The eclipse of such a full moon may be difficult to see because it is penumbral but you can use a Moonrise and Moonset Calculator to see when the Buck Moon will be visible in your area.



The previous lunar eclipse was visible from Asia and Africa, with most of Europe and America sadly missing out. But now, exactly one month later, the penumbral lunar eclipse can be viewed in regions of Europe and America as well. It is sure to be a busy few weeks for astronomy-enthusiasts. Between these two lunar eclipses, there was even an annular solar eclipse during which some parts of the world got to see the full solar eclipse and the "Ring of Fire."


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