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SHADED MOON AND PLANETS APLENTY

3 Jul 2020, 17:31 UTC
SHADED MOON AND PLANETS APLENTY
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Hey Space Placers!July offers us some celestial respite to help us along starting this weekend. A hard to see lunar eclipse and planets aplenty await your gaze. Be sure to social distance and wear a mask from your viewing location.July 4th marks our planet’s farthest distance from the Sun for the year, known as aphelion. We are closest to the Sun in January, known as perihelion. The Full Buck Moon will undergo a penumbral lunar eclipse on July 5th. Here are the details of this very hard to see shading of the Moon as provided by Sky and Telescope:=The Moon will undergo a very slight penumbral eclipse tonight for most of the Americas, probably undetectable by eye. The Moon's northern edge will skim through the outermost pale fringe of Earth's shadow, with maximum eclipse coming at 12:31 a.m. Sunday morning EDT; 9:31 p.m. Saturday evening PDT (that's 4:31 July 5 UT). For much of the West Coast, the Moon at that time will be low in the east in evening twilight. Farther east, and for all of Central and South America, the Moon will be higher in a dark sky.At mideclipse the Moon's northern limb will extend only a third ...

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