Lunar Eclipse 2020: Know all interesting facts about Beaver Moon Eclipse and why it is called so

The last lunar eclipse of the year is to take place on November 30. This is the fourth penumbral full moon lunar eclipse of the year, where the moon will be shaded by the Earth’s shadow for a few hours. 

Lunar eclipse is a celestial event that occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. There are three types of lunar eclipses – total, partial, and penumbral.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon. Though this penumbral eclipse will be the longest one of the year, it won’t be visible in India. However it will be visible in Australia, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Atlantic, North America and South America.

The November lunar eclipse is also called the Beaver Moon Eclipse in many parts of the world. Full Moons, particularly in Europe and America, have many names linked to the cultural and social landscape.

In North America, the November Full Moon is called the Beaver Moon since the beaver trapping season would start around this time. The November full Moon is also called the Frosty Moon or the Oak Moon in some countries

The November full moon will immerse deep into the penumbra and it will cover about 82.9 per cent of the lunar disk. The eclipse will be visible from 1:04 pm and will peak at 3:13 pm before ending at 5:22 pm.

India will not be able to witness the celestial event like the last time. This is because the lunar eclipse will be below the horizon. However some parts of Eastern India, with states like Bihar, Assam, West Bengal and Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will get some visibility.

For people who won’t be able to catch the Penumbral lunar eclipse from their region, they can watch the live stream of the event on timeanddate, which will host a live stream of the penumbral eclipse on their website. Alternatively, you can also watch a live stream of the event on various other YouTube channels.

The last eclipse of the year 2020 will be a solar eclipse that is expected to occur on December 14.

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