Lunar Eclipse

How do lunar eclipses affect us day-to-day? Here's an excerpt from this years Astro MOON DIARY on how the February eclipse may manifest in our lives.

The Lunar eclipse on 11th February has a Grand Trine in Fire. The message could be ‘we must discover in ourselves what we have to offer to the world before establishing an enlightened society’ Chogyam Trungpa 

What happens astronomically on the lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse happens at a full Moon. The Earth is between the Sun and Moon, casting a shadow on the Moon's surface. This is only visible to us if the exact time of the full Moon occurs during the night in our time zone. The culmination of tension and agitation at this time is very powerful.

There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

lunar eclipse

During a total lunar eclipse, the inner part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, falls on the Moon’s face. At mid-eclipse, the entire Moon is in shadow, which may appear blood red.

Lunar Eclipse

During a partial lunar eclipse the Earth moves between the Sun and Moon but they do not form a perfectly straight line. A small part of the Moon's surface is covered by the darkest, central part of the Earth's shadow - the umbra.

partial lunar eclipse

11th February 2017
During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the diffuse outer shadow of Earth falls on the Moon’s face. This kind of lunar eclipse is very subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than the total or partial eclipse. The least spectacular eclipse to view. At best, at the peak of the eclipse, you will notice a dark shading on the Moon’s face. The eclipse is total at *00:45 (GMT) so look out for the Moon at about 22:30 (GMT) until about 03:00.
*Note - the time of total eclipse is not the same as the time of the full Moon. The Moon is full at 00:32 (GMT). 

Prenumbral lunar eclipse


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