Catch Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse With Jupiter In Tow
The phenomenon known as penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on Wednesday morning, where a slight dark will be caused by the full moon entering into the Earth’s shadow.Advertisement
While it may not be as observable as a total lunar eclipse, a penumbral eclipse occurs when the full moon enters the outer shadow of the earth, also known as penumbra.
Eclipse expert Fred Espenak says that penumbral eclipses cannot be identified that easily. Almost 35 percent of the total lunar eclipses are penumbral. Thirty percent or so are partial eclipses, which can be seen with the unaided eye. The remaining 35 percent constitute total lunar eclipses.
The United States will be able to witness Wednesday’s eclipse, where the slightly darkened moon will be visible. Some of the other parts around the world that will be able to catch a sight of the eclipse are Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
The eclipse will reach its greatest point on Wednesday at 7:48 a.m. Eastern Time.
As reported by the Washington Post, a bright Jupiter will also be visible in the sky. This comes after the largest planet in our solar system came closest to the Earth on Monday. According to Science Alert, the brightness of Jupiter will reach a -2.5 magnitude; while the moon, despite being in an eclipse, will have a -12.4 magnitude.
The eclipse will last for a considerably long period – 4 hours and 15 minutes – during which time the southern part of the moon will have moved with the outer shadow of the Earth, according to Space.com. Joe Rao, reporting for the website, said, “About that time, even a casual observer – if he or she is looking hard enough – should be able to note a slight diminution of light corresponding to a ‘smudged’ or ‘soiled’ appearance of the Moon’s lower limb.”
The next total lunar eclipse is expected to occur on January 31, 2018. The next penumbral eclipse, on the other hand, will occur in September this year; however, the US will not be able to witness that one.