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A Stunning Buck Moon And A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible This Weekend

Joanna Freedman

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A Stunning Buck Moon And A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible This Weekend

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Star gazers, get ready, because there's going to be a stunning full buck moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse taking place this weekend.

The Buck Moon will be visible in the sky from July 5th - named by Native American tribes because it is the time of year where bucks' antlers are fully grown.

According to the NASA blog, July's full moon is also frequently called the Thunder Moon, because it falls at the time of year where thinner storms are most common, or the Full Hay Moon, as it coincides with the time farmers need to cut and cure hay.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the full moon, you'd better prepare for an early start, as in the UK, you'll have the best chance of seeing the phenomenon at 5.44am BST on July 5th (4.44am UTC).

Keep an eye out for the full moon this weekend (Credit: Unsplash)
Keep an eye out for the full moon this weekend (Credit: Unsplash)

While a full moon is enough to head to the window for (with your crystals in hand, ofc) it's also joined by a penumbral lunar eclipse - which occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow.

This eclipse is the third of three eclipses in one eclipse season. It is of particular significance, as most seasons only include two eclipses.

Royal Museums Greenwich explains: "A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon travels only through the outer, fainter part of the Earth's shadow, or 'penumbra'.

"This happens when the Earth moves between the Sun and Moon but the three do not form a perfectly straight line."

As the eclipse takes place, the penumbra will cause a shadow to fall on the surface of the moon, meaning an area of it may go dark.

Set your alarms to go moon gazing! (Credit: Unsplash)
Set your alarms to go moon gazing! (Credit: Unsplash)

However, you shouldn't hedge your bets on being able to see it...

Penumbral shadows are substantially harder to spot than partial eclipses, where the whole moon often gets a dark glow or part of it is covered.

"The penumbra causes only a slight darkening of the Moon's surface, with the Moon still exposed to some direct sunlight, so this type of eclipse is easy to miss," Royal Museums Greenwich adds.

The eclipse could be visible to some eagle eyed star gazers throughout the western Atlantic Ocean, North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, and extreme western Africa.

But here in the UK, it's likely to be much trickier to catch a glimpse of.

We'll take that as a challenge...

The full moon could affect our emotions, too (Credit: Unsplash)
The full moon could affect our emotions, too (Credit: Unsplash)

Even if you don't end up seeing the eclipse for yourself, according to New York astrologer, Lisa Stardust, you could very well feel it.

"The Buck lunar eclipse in Capricorn will make everyone feel extra emotional - especially when it comes to work and romance," she tells Tyla.

"We will see if we are being appreciated by others and how we can change the dynamic. The caveat is that we may come to see that certain situations and relationships are unhealthy and need to be dropped.

"After all, one doesn't have to work hard for love and if you're not given encouragement by your boss or colleagues then it's time to reconsider your professional roles too."

Topics: Life News, Astrology

Joanna Freedman
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