Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes several heavenly happenings. A 2020 lunar eclipse will occur on the night of July 4, darkening Southern skies on the nation's birthday. The next lunar eclipse following this one won't take place until later this fall, so keep your eyes to the skies if you want a chance to catch this astronomical event.

This sky-high happening will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. This happens when the moon moves into the shadow of the Earth, causing a partial eerie darkening of it's normally illuminated rocky face. 

You'll be able to spot this occurrence with the naked eye, though it will be subtle. The best times to observe the eclipse are 11 p.m. on July 4 until 2 a.m. on July 5. Find a place secluded away from light pollution and the big city to add to your viewing experience.

The slight decrease in the glow of the moon may also enhance your night sky views and stargazing potential. Take a peek at the stars and try to spy your favorite constellations.

You can even make this moment more astronomical by snacking on Moonpies and Milky Ways while you watch the stars sparkle around the moon. This enchanting event is sure to light up your night.

The next lunar eclipse will take place in the fall of 2020, and will also be penumbral. To catch that one too, mark your calendar for the evening of November 30.

If you're an amateur astronomer and have a telescope, aim it at the moon to boost your view of this eclipse. A camera can also help you capture this faint event. Time to brush up on those long exposure skills!

This Fourth of July is bound to be an enchanting evening. If there are fireworks that night, they could appear brighter against the inky dark sky's dimmed moonlight.

Set up a cozy spot with blankets and pillows and watch this magical moment this July. Talk about a great way to spend a warm summer night — with the moon in your eye beneath a sea of stars.

*Photos used for illustrative purposes.

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