By Sylvia J. Zarco

Penumbral Eclipse Of October 2013

State/Province/Region
MA
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US
Nearest Area
Boston Public Garden
Town
Boston
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Look up to the eastern sky to follow the full moon as it rises into the night.

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October 18th 2013, the full Hunter’s Moon at mid (maximum) penumbral eclipse. During a penumbral eclipse, only the outer part of the Earth’s shadow falls on the face of the moon to dim it ever so slightly. But this image taken within minutes of the point of maximum coverage, shows the eclipse as a slight shadow on the lower righthand side of the moon. “There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral… In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth falls on the moon’s face. This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. There is never a dark bite taken out of the moon, as in a partial eclipse. The eclipse never progresses to reach the dramatic minutes of totality. At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face. Others will look and notice nothing at all.” -Info care of www.EarthSky.org (http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-penumbral-eclipse-of-the-moon)

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October 20, 2013
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