31 December 2009

Partial Lunar Eclipse on 1 January 2010!!!

I watch it online live webcasting from Masjid Negara!!Amazing!!!

On the 1st of January 2010, we will be able to observe a partial lunar eclipse starting from 1:17 a.m. to 5:28 a.m. In general, lunar eclipse will occur when the Moon passes the Earth’s shadow during full Moon as shown
in diagram 1.

The eclipse will start at 1:17 a.m. that is when the Moon start passing the penumbral shadow of the Earth (P1). But most observers will not be able to visually detect the eclipse since penumbral shadow is less dark.

The eclipse can only be observed when the Moon start passing umbra (U1) at 2:53 a.m. until maximum phase at 3:24 a.m.. The Moon will totally leave the Earth’s umbra shadow (U4) at 3:53 a.m. The eclipse will be lasting until 5:28 a.m. but couldn’t be observed since it is at the penumbral (less dark shadow) phase.


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