Forget the fireworks! Thunder Moon will rise on July 4 and pass through Earth’s shadow providing a partial penumbral eclipse

Space is set to put on an out of this world show in celebration of America’s Independence Day.

On July 4, a Thunder Moon will appear at 8:14pm ET and reach its peak at 12:44am ET Sunday, providing a partial penumbral eclipse.

The name comes from the summer storms that occur around July’s full moon, but is also referred to as the ‘Buck Moon’ because male deer lose their antlers this month.

The moon will pass into Earth’s outer shadow, which will cover one third of its surface, which will be visible through the Americas but may be easily missed without some type of telescope.

A penumbral eclipse typically appears when the Earth is between the sun and a full moon.

The moon will pass into Earth’s shadow as it orbits the planet some 870,000 miles away, which will shroud part of its surface in darkness.

And if you miss this one another one will pass over North America on November 30, but is called a ‘Frosty Moon Eclipse.’

Jupiter and Saturn will also join the Thunder Moon on the night of July 4.

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Source: Daily Mail