Thanks to months of lockdown, your social calendar is probably still looking a little sparse, but there’s plenty going on overhead this weekend.
The first weekend of July will see the skies above us lit up by a full ‘thunder moon’.
This dramatic-sounding phenomenon is July’s full moon, so called because in the northern hemisphere, the month is associated with summer storms. Also known as a ‘buck moon’ or ‘hay moon’, it will be visible all over the world on Sunday, July 5.
There’ll also be another reason to look skyward this weekend, as this month’s full moon happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse.
It’s a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is basically when the outer shadow of the Earth falls over the moon’s surface. It’s not super easy to spot – unlike a lunar eclipse where the Earth’s main shadow blocks out the moon – but if you pay attention you should be able to see the ‘thunder moon’ turn a shade darker during the eclipse.
This subtle eclipse will be visible in North, South and Central America, Africa and most of Europe.
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