Lunar Eclipse: Total Lunar Eclipse This Wednesday

Lunar Eclipse: Total Lunar Eclipse This Wednesday

Spring has sprung and the celestial skies are not holding back. Just as flowers have begun to bloom on Earth, other awe-inspiring events are set to take place in the big sky above this week.

A penumbral eclipse is set to take place in the morning hours of Wednesday, March 23. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the faint edges of Earth’s shadow. The display is subtle, unlike other lunar events where the entire moon appears to be engulfed and the sky is blackened. The eclipse will be viewable in the western and mid-western regions of the United States, as well as in Asia and Australia.

The event will reach its peak at approximately 7:48 a.m. EST.

Other regions will miss out on the eclipse, but will have the opportunity to view Jupiter in contast to the moon. It is said that Jupiter will shine at approximately 10 percent of the brightness of the moon that evening, perhaps as a cheeky apology to those who will miss the total penumbral eclipse.

Wednesday’s eclipse will be the last total lunar event for more than two years. The moon will not make a complete pass through the Earth’s shadow once more until January 2018.

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SOURCES:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/03/21/this-weeks-penumbral-lunar-eclipse-pairs-with-a-very-bright-jupiter/

http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-penumbral-eclipse-of-the-moon