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Penumbra Lunar Eclipse Can Be Seen Throughout Indonesia Tonight

Penumbra Lunar Eclipse Can Be Seen Throughout Indonesia Tonight (wikimedia)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Did you know that lunar eclipses will occur four times in 2020? Well, one of these lunar eclipses is the Penumbra Lunar Eclipse that will occur on June 6, 2020.

The Penumbra Lunar Eclipse occurs when the position of the Moon is on the Earth Penumbra, so that during the peak of the eclipse, the Moon will look dimmer than the usual full moon.

"Penumbra lunar eclipse can be seen throughout Indonesia. However, parts of Papua cannot observe the eclipse as it coincides with the setting of the Moon," said the Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), as quoted by Netralnews on Friday (06/05/2020).

In Indonesia, the Penumbra lunar eclipse will happen on June 6, 2020, starting at 00:45 Indonesian Western Time. The peak of the eclipse will be at 02:25 Indonesian Western Time, and the eclipse will end at 04:04 Indonesian Western Time.

Lunar eclipses happen when rays from the Sun to the Moon are blocked by Earth. This event, which is one of the consequences of the dynamic movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon positions, only occurs during the full moon phase, and can be predicted in advance.

Penumbra lunar eclupse occurs when the position of the Moon-Sun-Earth is not exactly aligned. This makes the Moon only enter the shadow of the Earth penumbra. As a result, when an eclipse occurs, the moon will look fainter than full moon.

The entire eclipse process can be seen in Asia, most of Western Australia, much of Eastern Africa, and the Indian Ocean. The eclipse process at the time of the rising Moon can be observed in Europe, West Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, and a small portion of Eastern South America.

The process of eclipse at at sunset can be observed in Eastern Asia, the Western Pacific Ocean and Eastern Australia. This eclipse cannot be observed in most parts of America and the Eastern Pacific Ocean.