Just two weeks after a total solar eclipse brushed the tip of Australia last week, those living down under are in for another treat. On Wednesday, November 28, a Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon will be visible there.
Central and eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand are in the best position to see this eclipse.
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra, the the portion of the Earth’s shadow in which only a portion of the Sun’s light is obscured. This causes a subtle darkening of the Moon’s surface.
At maximum, 94 percent of the Moon’s diameter will be immersed in the Earth’s penumbral shadow during next week’s eclipse; the upper part of the Moon will appear noticeably shaded.
The times for the eclipse, according to U.S. Eastern Time, are as follows:
Moon Enters Penumbra: 7:12 a.m. – Maximum Eclipse: 9:33 a.m.
Moon Leaves Penumbra: 11:53 a.m. – Magnitude of the Eclipse: 0.942