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2020 has been a crazy year for everyone, especially for astronomical events, and there is still more to come! So far there have been three Super Moons in a row starting in March and a beautiful meteor shower in May. March’s Full Worm Moon, April’s Full Pink Moon, and May’s Full Flower Moon.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch captured this photo of the partial lunar eclipse of July 16-17, 2019 from the International Space Station. (Image: © Christina Koch/NASA)

To our delight there will be two more events in June. Starting on June 5th and 6th, a partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and an Annular Solar Eclipse on June 21st.

In total for 2020 there will be six eclipses, four Lunar, and two Solar. The Lunar Eclipses will all be partial. The Solar Eclipses will be an Annular Eclipse on June 21st and a Total Eclipse on December 14th.

June Lunar Eclipse

June’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will visible, depending on the weather, from most of Asia and Europe, Australia, Africa, Antarctica and South America’s southwest. The eclipse will begin on June 5th and end on June 6th.

Make sure you check for the date and time in your area here.

June Solar Eclipse

June’s Annular Solar Eclipse will take place on June 21st. The Moon will be perfectly lined up between the Sun and Earth, this will leave the outer ring of the sun visible, also known as the ‘ring of fire’.

Make sure that you protect your eyes when looking up at the Solar Eclipse. Never look Annular Solar Eclipses generally happen every year or two and are very magical to experience. Though it is not worth ruining your eyesight over. Sunglasses are not the correct protection, the CDC has general guidelines for people to follow on their website.

The full Solar eclipse, will be visible from parts of Africa including Central Africa Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia, North India, South of Pakistan, and China.

Partial views of the eclipse will be visible in most of Asia, South/East Europe, and Africa, the Pacific, and Indian Oceans and North in Australia. The full length of the eclipse is 3 hours, 18 minutes.

Check the time for your area here.

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