In a matter of a few hours today, Friday, May 5th, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse that will be visible across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region. AWB's National Coordinator for Italy, @Gianluca Masi of Virtual Telescope Project will be livestreaming this sky event from Italy.
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What is this kind of eclipse?
A penumbral lunar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes through the outer part of the Earth's shadow, known as the penumbra. During this event, the Moon appears slightly dimmer than usual, but it does not turn completely dark.
Unlike a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's inner shadow, known as the umbra, a penumbral lunar eclipse is a more subtle event and can be difficult to notice with the naked eye. However, it can be observed with binoculars or a telescope.
The entire event can last for several hours, and the amount of the Moon's surface that appears dimmed depends on how deeply it passes into the Earth's penumbral shadow.
How do you catch the event?
Our partners at timeanddate.com have some great background resources including eclipse visibility maps and specific timing for different locations. Check it out here.
Here is Virtual Telescope Project's live feed which starts @ 1845 UTC