Monday, March 13, 2006

Penumbral Eclipse tomorrow

Just in from Central Park amateur astronomer Tom Clabough:

From today's
When the full moon rises on Tuesday evening, March 14th, you might notice something odd--a gray shadow darkening the moon's southern hemisphere. That is the shadow of Earth, and if you can see it, you've spotted a penumbral lunar eclipse. Penumbral eclipses are not as dramatic as total eclipses. A penumbral eclipse involves only the pale fringe of Earth's shadow while a total eclipse happens in the shadow's dark red core. Both are fun to observe. Maximum eclipse occurs between 6:18 p.m. and 8:18 p.m. EST on March 14th. Observers in Europe, Africa and eastern parts of North America are favored; the eclipse will not be visible from California and other western US states. Further details, at: 
(Article appeared Monday, March 13)