AN UNDETECTABLE PENUMBRAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON
(May 1, 2013) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute announce that around midnight on the night of May 24-25 there will be a very, very subtle penumbral eclipse of the Moon. This eclipse is so minor that it is of academic interest only and will basically be undetectable even though, technically, it occurs in the skies over the Carolinas.
This event will be essentially unobservable. But it does rate an entry in any list of eclipses. And, if you are one of that who tries to observe every eclipse, both solar and lunar, that is available, go out and look at this and add it to your log of eclipses observed. The maximum of this eclipse, when 4% of the diameter of the Moon is in the penumbra of the Earth’s shadow, will occur at 12:10 a.m. EDT on May 25.
The next total lunar eclipse visible from the Americas will occur after midnight on the night of April 14-15, 2014. Viewers in the Carolinas will be able to see that eclipse from beginning (12:54 a.m.) to end (6:37 a.m.).
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