Partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Oct 18 - 19 2013

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Partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Oct 18 - 19 2013
Posted by MooseMan01 on Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:59 PM

Apparently there will be a partial lunar eclipse on Friday night. The moon will enter into the penumbral region of the shadow of earth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2013_lunar_eclipse 

It will be visible in Europe and North America.

 

But it is only  partial penumbral eclipse, so the visual effect will not be very pronounced. The moon my take on a reddish hue, darker at the bottom as the top does not completely enter the earths shadow.

May not be much to see, unless you're an enthusiast. Hoping it's a clear night for me!

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, October 18, 2013 4:21 PM

The shallow penumbral eclipse is mentioned on today's episode of Stardate.

http://stardate.org/radio/program/2013-10-18

Greatest eclipse occurs at 23:50 UT (7:50 p.m. EDT).

There's more on penumbral eclipses at http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-penumbral-eclipse-of-the-moon

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Posted by MooseMan01 on Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:11 AM

Skies did part and give me a clear view, around 7pm. I could see the moon looking down my street, through a narrow passageway of houses and trees. The angle was low but I took out my camera and tripod anyway, and snapped off a series of images. Got one pretty good image, which shows the moon with an odd crimson tinge. 

 

I was hoping to see more of a contrast between the upper and lower regions of the moon, but on this partial eclipse the difference is very slight. The moon is right on the edge of the penumbral region.

Image taken at 7:10 pm with Fuji camera S1600, sharpened using unsharp masking. I could not stack any of the images, due to the "boiling" nature of the atmosphere. Each image was a slightly different size, as though the magnification was affected by heat waves/ atmospheric turbulence.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, October 19, 2013 1:29 PM

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by MooseMan01 on Sunday, October 20, 2013 9:51 AM

Thanks Dave. I visually noticed the moon to have a reddish color. It was low in the atmosphere though, so maybe that's why. I did not do a second image later on in the night, long after it had passed out of the penumbra because I figured it would show exactly what it usually shows, a nice white moon! :) This more or less captures the color as I saw it through the trees that night.

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