An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse.
Monthly Archives: June 2020
The Sky Tonight Update: June Solstice
The June solstice occurs at 21:44 UTC (3:44 Central time). The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude.
The Sky Tonight Update: Full Moon
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season.
This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.
The Sky Tonight Update: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Earth’s shadow can be divided into two distinctive parts: the umbra and penumbra. Earth totally occludes direct solar radiation within the umbra, the central region of the shadow. However, since the Sun’s diameter appears about one-quarter of Earth’s in the lunar sky, the planet only partially blocks direct sunlight within the penumbra, the outer portion of the shadow.