Solar eclipse and the clouds

Partial solar eclipse (59.4%), Monday – December 14, 2020, 18:52-19-:52 (sunset), maximum at 19:43 – in Cape Town, South Africa.

The solar eclipse on December 14 started in west part of Southern America and ended in west part of Southern Africa. The total solar eclipse was visible in the parts of Chile and Argentina; the partial solar eclipse in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and South Africa.

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Summer solstice eclipse

Partial solar eclipse (86.31%), Sunday – June 21, 2020 (summer solstice), 08:14-11:12, maximum at 09:36 – in Dubai, UAE.

Annular solar eclipse (up to 99.4% coverage) – in some parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia, and in Dubai – partial solar eclipse (with 86.31% coverage). Annular solar eclipse (Latin: annulus – little ring) occurs when a New Moon passes in front of the Sun, but it is not close enough to the Earth to cover the full disk of the Sun. Hence the ring of light/fire around the Moon. During total solar eclipse the Moon covers 100% of the Sun’s disk. Today’s solar eclipse coincides with the summer solstice (June solstice). The next eclipse like that will be on 21st June 2039.

See also:

Solar eclipse in Oman | Solar eclipse and the clouds

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June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse

“Strawberry Moon” (also called “Hot Moon”) – June’s Full Moon, the latest-rising Full Moon this year. It appeared larger than other Full Moons. The name of the Strawberry Moon is connected to the harvest season of that berry in June.

Strawberry Moon penumbral eclipse was visible in Asia, Africa and Australia – the Moon was less bright than usual. During a penumbral eclipse Moon passes into Earth’s outer shadow (penumbra). A total lunar eclipse occurs when Moon enters the shadow of the Earth (umbra).

Strawberry Moon

See also:

Supermoons in 2020: March Worm Supermoon | April Pink Supermoon | May Flower Supermoon

Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | July Buck Moon | August Sturgeon Moon

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