Penumbral lunar eclipse visible in Sri Lanka on June 5

Penumbral lunar eclipse visible in Sri Lanka on June 5

Penumbral lunar eclipse visible in Sri Lanka on June 5

Written by Staff Writer

03 Jun, 2020 | 10:18 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): A penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible in Sri Lanka’s skies on June 5, astronomy experts have said.

The eclipse will begin at 11: 15 pm on June 5 and end at 2:34 am on June 6, Chandana Jayaratne, a physics professor at the Colombo University said.

“The greatest eclipse will take place … at 00.54 a.m. on June 6,” Prof. Jayaratne noted.

A penumbral lunar eclipse, dubbed as the ‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse’, happens when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned.

“…you will see no dark shadow as in total or partial lunar eclipses, but only a reduction of the brightness of the Moon,” the professor explained.

Meanwhile, the annual solar eclipse will also be “clearly visible” in Sri Lanka between 10:29 am to 1:19 pm on June 21.

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