Lunar and Solar eclipse in June: Date, time and everything you need to know

2020 is filled with astronomical events. We witnessed the last supermoon of this year in May, and now in June both lunar and solar eclipse are set to take over the sky.

June will be big for sky gazers as both solar and lunar eclipse are ready to grace the sky next month. The lunar eclipse will take place on June 5 while the solar eclipse will occur on June 21, 2020.

But, what is a lunar or a solar eclipse?

The solar eclipse happens when the moon moves over the sun and casts its shadow on Earth. When this phenomenon happens, it gets dark because the sun’s light is blocked by the moon. 

The lunar eclipse, on the other hand, occurs when the Earth gets in the way of the sun’s light hitting the moon. This can happen only when the Earth, the Sun and the Moon are closely aligned, with our planet between the two.

A lunar eclipse is a special event as it does not happen every month, but you can watch the lunar eclipse with bare eyes safely. 

June 5 Lunar eclipse: Date and time

According to a report by Time and, if you are in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, you might be able to see moon turning a shade darker. This will be a Penumbral lunar eclipse that is usually hard to differentiate from a regular full moon.

The total duration of June 5 lunar eclipse will be around 3 hours and 18 minutes.

TimeDateLunar eclipse
11:15 pmJune 5Penumbral eclipse begins  
12:54 amJune 6Maximum eclipse  
2:34 amJune 6Penumbral eclipse ends

June 21 Solar eclipse: Date and time

The annular solar eclipse will be visible on June 21 from parts in Northern India, China, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia and south of Pakistan. If the weather is clear, you will witness the “characteristic ring of fire”, says the report.

TimeDateSolar eclipse
9:15 amJune 21Partial eclipse begins
10:17 amJune 21Full eclipse begins
12:10 pmJune 21Maximum eclipse  
2:02 pmJune 21Full eclipse ends
3:04 pmJune 21Partial eclipse ends

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