Lunar Eclipse

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

Total Lunar Eclipse
During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon moves through the centre of the Earth’s shadow. At mid-eclipse, the entire Moon is in shadow, which may make the Moon appear blood red.

Lunar Eclipse

Partial 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

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
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. It is 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. 

Prenumbral lunar eclipse


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