Lunar eclipse visible November 28th

November 25th, 2012 at 5:12 pm by under Weather

A lunar eclipse will be visible in our area on Wednesday November 28th.  This lunar eclipse is called a penumbral lunar eclipse as it will not be fully dark.  Because of the massive size of the Sun compared to the Earth, the shadow that the Earth can cast on the moon is very small.  There is also a partially shaded shadow that can be cast.  This is what the moon will move through.  Here is an illustration to demonstrate.

Lunar Eclipse Diagram –

The Umbra is the full shadow and the penumbra is the partial shadow.  On the 28th, the moon will pass through the penumbra.  In Indiana this will be visible beginning at about 7:14 am through 11:51 am.  The moon will look darker than usual and sometimes has an orange or red tint to it.

The region that will see this event the best will be Alaska and Hawaii.

One Response to “Lunar eclipse visible November 28th”

  1. Travis says:

    Yay Alaska!! It’s been interesting the last few days watching the sunset/moonrise at nearly the same time. You can really visualize how the Earth will get “in the way” wednesday.