Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse to be visible today ...

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Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse to be visible today 

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 11:02 AM, 5 July 2020   Updated: 11:04 AM, 5 July 2020

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Lunar Eclipse will be visible in the skies on Sunday. This will be the third lunar eclipse of the current cycle which saw the first lunar eclipse on June 5 and the historic Solar Eclipse on June 21.  

Today's Eclipse will be partial because only part of the moon will dip into the penumbra. 

However, the lunar eclipse will not be visible from Bangladesh because it will be morning light and the country would be facing the Sun. The Lunar Eclipse will take place on the night of July 4 and 5. In Bangladesh, it would be the morning of July 5 between 9:04 am and 11:55 am. 

As per, this weekend's partial penumbral eclipse will appear as if a mouse took a small, dim bite out of the northern edge of the full moon. The bite may be difficult to see with the naked eye, so moon gazers may need telescopes or binoculars to see the full effect, NASA has said. 

For 2020, this full Moon in early July is closer to the summer solstice and will be lower in the sky than the full Moon in June.

The Lunar Eclipse will be visible from 4 continents. All of the Latin American countries will be able to view it along with Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean islands, USA, Canada in North America. Most of the African countries will be able to view it. Western European countries like UK, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and others will be able to view it. 

A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the Earth blocks some of the Sun's light from directly reaching the Moon and the outer part of the Earth's shadow, called the ‘penumbra', covers all or part of the Moon. This type of eclipse is harder to spot as the penumbra is fainter compared to the dark core of the Earth's shadow called ‘umbra'. Because of this, a penumbral lunar eclipse is sometimes mistaken as a full Moon.