Eclipse Dims The Moon’s Glow (Science & Technology)admin
Did you catch today’s eclipse? You probably didn’t notice the unless you knew it was coming — but fortunately, skywatchers around the world were clearly ready. Earth’s fuzzy shadow dimmed the bright lunar disk at the height of the eclipse, which translated to 9:33 a.m. today. The dimming effect was muted because the moon traveled just through the very edge of the shadow this time around — and not through the deepest part of the shadow, as it did during . The prime viewing area included Australia and the Pacific as well as Alaska and most of Asia.
“There was a very subtle darkening of the lunar limb at totality; barely noticeable to the untrained eye,” Pakistani skywatcher Ramiz Qureshi told SpaceWeather.com in a . “In fact, I nearly missed it until a friend reminded me.” Qureshi put together a close-up shot and a wider-angle photograph to create this composite view of the eclipse. We also received a from Terry Staats in Chiba City, Japan, via NBC News’ . If you missed today’s subtle show, there’ll be three replays next year — including a and penumbral eclipses on and . For more views of today’s lunar eclipse, as well as the that took place two weeks ago, check out .
By Alan Boyle
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