April 5, 2014; Manila - The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that a penumbral lunar eclipse will happen today. The time will be from 12:30 p.m up to 6:37 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time). This is one rare occurrence that we should know about because it rarely happens and you have to wait for a long time for it to take place again.
For the information of many, penumbra refers to a partially shaded outer region of a shadow that an object casts on which PAG-ASA says that it takes place when the moon passes through the faint penumbral portion of the earth’s shadow. This normally goes unnoticed according to NASA.
In Western Africa, Western Europe, Australia, Asia and America, a total lunar eclipse will be observed wherein the moon turns coppery red at it passes through the earth’s shadow. A must be observed phenomenon.
To explain more about penumbral lunar eclipse in simple manner, it happens when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon but there is no aligning among the three celestial bodies. The moon travels to through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow and that is called penumbra.
If you are going out today, you will not notice it since it is not that visible as compared to other eclipses and knowing that it happens at daytime. But as what it is said in this article, it is important that we should have a knowledge on the event. There are mysteries on this world that are good to know about and that includes this simple one.
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