Penumbral lunar eclipse seen
in PH on Sept. 17–Pagasa

September 16 2016 12:31 PM

Image from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/index.php/28-astronomy/424-sky-this-month
Image from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/index.php/28-astronomy/424-sky-this-month

Look up, stargazers: A penumbral lunar eclipse early Saturday, September 17, will be visible in the Philippines, the state-run weather bureau said on Friday, Sept. 16.

The eclipse will take place at 12:52 a.m. and end at 4:56 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

The lunar event may also been seen from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and eastern part of South America.

Pagasa defined a penumbra as the partially shaded outer region of a shadow being cast by any object.

A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the faint penumbral portion of the Earth’s shadow.

The surface of the moon will not be covered by the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, so a slight dimming can be observed near the darkest part of the moon’s shadow.

The eclipse may be “undetectable” until at least half of the moon enters the penumbra.

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