There will be a 4th of July Lunar Eclipse. The party doesn’t have to slow down after fireworks shows are over. There are even more exciting spectacles that will take place later in the night. A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place Saturday night, July 4th, and into the early morning hours of Sunday, July 5th.
EarthSky.org, explains that “In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth – the penumbra – falls on the moon’s face. This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle and much more difficult to observe than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. There is never a dark bite taken out of the moon, as in a partial eclipse. The eclipse never progresses to reach the dramatic minutes of totality. At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face. Others will look and notice nothing at all.”
The 4th of July lunar eclipse may be difficult to differentiate from a standard full moon, however if you look carefully, you will be able to see that the moon is slightly darker. The eclipse will be visible through the majority of the United States from 10:07 on the night of July 4th. It should be able to be seen until as late as 1:52 am.
Wondering what the best time to view the eclipse is? We advise going out around 11:30 to take a peek.
The lunar eclipse on the 4th of July is only one of the three exciting celestial events that those who love staring at the night sky can see in the month of July. In mid-July Jupiter and Saturn will be at their brightest and will be easy to see. There will also be a meteor shower on the night of July 28th.
You can watch the night sky light up with fireworks, stars and planets, and the month of July rolls on.