The penumbral lunar eclipse will likely be best seen from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Easternmost edges of North American and South America. Midwestern and Western portions of these continents, as well as Latin America, may miss a clear view of the lunar eclipse, as it begins before dark in those regions.
Lunar eclipses may be viewed safely by the human eye, as opposed to solar eclipses, which may not. Telescopes and binoculars can offer even better views of the space phenomenon, cropping up during the Hunter's Moon.
What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?
Unlike a total or partial eclipse, a penumbral eclipse does not cause the moon to vanish from view, in whole or in part. Instead, the moon grows reddish and somewhat faint, as the Earth’s shadow (or penumbra) moves across most of the it. The effect may be seen for up to four hours, beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET.
The Slooh Space Camera will broadcast the entire lunar eclipse via live video feed online at Space.com. Follow-up video will likely be available afterwards as well.
October 18 happens to be World Menopause Day, but hormonal hot flashes happen a lot more often than penumbral lunar eclipses.
The most recent penumbral eclipse of the moon took place on May 25, 2013, visible primarily from Africa and the Americas. A penumbral lunar eclipse also occurred on November 28, 2012, observed nearly worldwide.
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