Partial lunar eclipse sets the stage for Venus transit


A partial lunar eclipse will wow observers before sunrise on Monday June 4, though it is but a tease before the June 5-6 transit of Venus, a once-in-a-century occurrence.

By: Joe Rao Published: 06/01/2012 12:25 PM EDT on SPACE.com The full moon of June will dip through Earth's shadow early Monday (June 4) in a partial lunar eclipse that promises to impress skywatchers graced with good

Monday's Sagittarius full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse, with the Earth lining up between the Sun and the Moon so that the Earth block's the Sun's light from fully reaching the Moon. Since planets do have energetic

The transit of Venus is not the only event taking place this month; a partial lunar eclipse takes place on 4 June (UT) and although it lacks the beauty of a copper-coloured moon at a total eclipse, there is still a very real

At 20:00 UTC (3:00 am Pacific Daylight Time), not long before sunrise on Monday, June 4th, the Moon passes directly behind our planet. Full Moon will fall.

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