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Catch the full moon (and a penumbral eclipse) on Monday

Post by Doka » 11-28-2020 10:42 PM

The Cosmos is very active in the next few months. A lot of things to observe that just haven't happened in a very long time.


Catch the full moon (and a penumbral eclipse) on Monday

Skywatchers admiring November's full moon will also get to see another treat: a penumbral eclipse, when the moon passes through Earth's outer shadow, on Monday, Nov. 30, according to NASA.

The moon will be at its fullest for only a moment — on Monday, that happens at 4:30 a.m. EST (9:30 UTC) — but the moon will appear full for three days: from Saturday night through Tuesday morning (Nov. 28 to Dec. 1).

Meanwhile, sky gazers need to remember three times to catch the penumbral eclipse: It starts before the full moon at 2:32 a.m. EST (7:32 UTC); reaches its maximum at 4:42 a.m. EST (9:42 UTC), when 83% of the moon will be covered with Earth's faint shadow; and ends at 6:53 a.m. EST (11:53 UTC) Monday morning, according to timeanddate.com.

Penumbral eclipses are different from total or partial eclipses. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth passes directly between the sun and moon, blocking the sun's light from reaching our natural satellite. In contrast, during a partial eclipse, the moon passes through part of Earth's inner dark shadow, known as the umbra. Finally, in a penumbral eclipse, the moon passes through part of Earth's outer, fainter penumbral shadow, according to Space.com, a Live Science sister site.

Unless you're a seasoned skywatcher, it may be challenging to see November's penumbral eclipse, which will be visible in North America (as long as there aren't cloudy skies), because the penumbral shadow will appear as a dim veil. "The dimming of the moon during this eclipse will probably not be noticeable without instrumentation, but for spacecraft at the moon such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar power will be noticeable," NASA wrote in a statement.

November's full moon, known to many as the beaver moon, comes late in the month this year because October had two full moons; the second moon, a blue moon, was the first time in 76 years that a full moon was visible across the U.S. on Halloween. Other names for November's full moon include the cold moon, frost moon, winter moon, oak moon, moon before Yule and child moon. The full moon will also be celebrated during Kartik Purnima (a Hindu, Sikh and Jain cultural festival, celebrated differently by each culture), Karthika Deepam (a festival of lights observed by some Hindus), Tazaungdaing Festival Moon (observed by Bhudists in Myanmar, formerly Burma), and Ill Poya (celebrated in Sri Lanka), NASA reported.


The beaver moon is the last full moon before the winter solstice, the shortest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere, which falls on Dec. 21 this year. Other celestial sightings to look for in late November and early December include "Jupiter and Saturn, [which] will appear to gradually shift closer to each other, appearing nearer than the apparent diameter of the Moon from Dec. 17 to 25," NASA reported. "They will appear at their closest, about one-fifth the diameter of the Moon, on Dec. 21, 2020."



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Post by Doka » 11-28-2020 10:47 PM

Space.com has a lot more goodies on it.

https://www.space.com/15689-lunar-eclipses.html
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Post by Riddick » 11-29-2020 08:20 AM

Hey Now Doka, thanks for the (literal!) heads-up

The spectacle in the sky's a nice diversion from all the sh!t here on the ground -

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Makes me think of "The Universe Song" from Monty Python's Meaning of Life!
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Post by lisa colorado » 11-29-2020 12:40 PM

We are in a horrible political year, but we can still find joy in things like this personally, to get some relief.

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Post by Malaria_Kidd II » 11-30-2020 01:04 PM

Thanks Doka, but I may have to drive southwest arriving under the Texas sky to see it! It's cloudy now. :oops:

lisa, I agree but watch these three letters rule, etc., time after time! The Darkness vs the Light continues!

One question: we're you LisaA from Greeley, CO at FF long ago?


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Post by Doka » 11-30-2020 01:24 PM

It was to start last night(morning)all depending on your time zone, it was 11:20 or so it was to start in the PNW. We had some fog come in and I got tired.........supposed to finish up tonight. I agree Lisa, maybe the most important thing. I find it awe inspiring. It just might be good for us, understanding how insignificant, we really are. A humbeling experience, for sure.
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