Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

This first lunar eclipse of the year shot at 8-18PM today at ISO 50. The shadow of the Earth can be divided into two distinctive parts: the umbra and penumbra. Within the umbra, there is no direct solar radiation. However, as a result of the Sun’s large angular size, solar illumination is only partially blocked in the outer portion of the Earth’s shadow, which is given the name penumbra.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra does not cause any noticeable darkening of the Moon’s surface, though some may argue it turns a little yellow. A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within the Earth’s penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, that portion of the Moon which is closest to the umbra can appear somewhat darker than the rest of the Moon.

EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/11 | Camera : Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Taken : 9 February, 2009 | Flash fired : no | Focal length : 400mm | ISO : 50 | Location : 13° 4′ 2.12844″ N 74° 59′ 44.3328″ E | Shutter speed : 1/2s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.

3 thoughts on “Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

  1. Hello!
    My name is Assiye Süer and I work at ESAC in Madrid. I was searching for pictures of penumbral lunar eclipses and found yours. I’m working with a project and need a good picture of this event. If you’re interested in letting me use this, please contact me. I will give you more information.
    Best regards!

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