Eclipse season is here and there will be lunar and solar eclipses this June!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of cities were placed on lockdown. In the Philippines, even now that the lockdown rules were eased, many still choose to stay home to continue the fight against this dreaded infection. Due to this, people seemed to have turned to nature (well, mostly the sky) for some form of positive distraction.

If you are in the lookout about what’s about to happen this June then you’re in for a treat!

Apparently, June and July mark the eclipse season.

Eclipses are happening in a row — a partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on June 5 and 6 and an Annular Solar Eclipse on June 21.

In 2020, there will be a total of six eclipses — four Lunar, which will all be partial, and two Solar, an Annual Eclipse on June 21, and a Total Eclipse on December 14.

An eclipse occurs when the light from one celestial body is blocked by another, as the body in between the two casts a shadow on the third body. When the light of the Sun is obstructed by the Moon, we see a solar eclipse. Meanwhile, when the Earth is aligned between the Sun and the Moon, it casts a shadow on the Moon so we see a lunar eclipse.

There are four types of solar eclipses and there are Total, Partial, Annular, and Hybrid.

NASA said that a solar eclipse occurs once every 18 months. Hence, it gives them a perfect opportunity to study the Sun’s corona, its top layer.

On June 21, the Moon will be aligned between the Sun and Earth for the Annular Solar Eclipse. The outer ring of the sun will remain visible, called the ‘ring of fire’. The full Solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa, and partial views in South/East Europe, much of Asia and Africa, North in Australia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The eclipse will peak at UTC 12:10 am, and it will last for 3 hours, 18 minutes.

It is important NOT to look directly at the sun without protective, special-purpose solar filters when watching a solar eclipse.

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