Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Penumbral Lunar Eclips - 9th February 2009

captured from car porch

captured from the kitchen

"A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's penumbra. The penumbra does not cause any noticeable darkening of the Moon's surface, though some may argue it turns a little yellow. A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within the Earth's penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, that portion of the Moon which is closest to the umbra can appear somewhat darker than the rest of the Moon." -Wikipedia

at first, when hubby said there will be lunar eclipse tonight, I felt really excited....ingatkan leh tgk the moon eclipse with Boy on IBU birthday... but the phenomena that occur is just Penumbral observable or obvious noticeable different to the moon...:(

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