Across the world, astronomers are looking forward to the solar and lunar eclipse that will be recorded in the month of June.
This will be a unique opportunity for both researchers and astronomers to observe the two astronomical events like never before. What’s best about it is, both the events can be witnessed from India as well. We are here to tell you how to see them, time of eclipse, and more information below.
The penumbral Lunar Eclipse (partial) will take place on the night of June 5 to June 6 while an Annular Solar Eclipse will take place on June 21.
For the unversed, an eclipse occurs when light from a celestial body is blocked by another body, before it reaches another celestial body. This implies that the celestial body in between casts a shadow on the third body.
The two basic types of eclipses are observed by different orientations of three celestial bodies, i.e; the sun, the moon and the earth.
When the light of the Sun is blocked by the Moon (i.e. the Moon is aligned between the Sun and the Earth), we observe a solar eclipse on Earth. While, when the Moon falls under the shadow of the Earth (i.e. the Earth is aligned between the Sun and the Moon), a lunar eclipse is observed.
Let’s look at both of these in detail.
A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, like the one we’ll witness on 5 to 6 June, occurs when the Moon lies in the penumbral shadow of the earth. This type of eclipse is quite difficult to spot and only takes place when the Sun, the Moon and The Earth are not perfectly aligned.
The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse to be observed in June will visible from Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa. The time of peak visibility is will be at 12:54 AM on 6 June.
An Annular Solar Eclipse that will be seen on 21 June occurs when the Moon is in the perfect alignment between the Sun and the Earth. It is visible in the form of an outer ring of the Sun.
Solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa including Central Africa, Congo, and Ethiopia.It will also be visible in most of North India along with South of Pakistan and China.
The eclipse will be completely visible in the Indian regions of Rajasthan, Haryana, Gharsana, Sirsa, Dehradun and Tehri and will be partially visible in Delhi. The peak visibility will be at 12:10 AM on June 21.