The full moon brings a special event today during the night (15:14–19:31 UTC/GMT or 11:14 a.m.–3:31 p.m. ET) for those in part Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
Earth casts a shadow on the Moon – A lunar eclipse.
This is a penumbral lunar eclipse. For this one, only the outer shadow (the penumbra) hits the Moon. This means it will be a very faint change and most won’t see much. But maybe some will feel it?
- Find out much more at Earthsky
- And at timeanddate.com
During a lunar eclipse, Earth gets in the way of the sun’s light hitting the moon. That means that during the night, a full moon fades away as Earth’s shadow covers it up.
A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle dimming of the lunar surface, which is only visible to the naked eye when about 70% of the Moon’s diameter has been immersed into Earth’s penumbra.
A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral lunar eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within Earth’s penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, the portion of the Moon closest to the umbra may appear slightly darker than the rest of the lunar disk.