This weekend is going to be exciting as something that’s not usual is going to happen in the sky that’s around you. On Friday, we are going to witness the season’s first harvest moon. In fact, it’s being called a “super” harvest moon by some. And we are not going to see this again until 2024.
We all know that Earth has two types of shadows – umbral and penumbral. The umbra (Latin for “shadow”) is the innermost and darkest part of a shadow, where the light source is completely blocked by the occluding body. Such as an opaque object does not let light through it, while the penumbra (from the Latin paene “almost, nearly”) is the region in which only a portion of the light source is obscured by the occluding body. An observer in the penumbra experiences a partial eclipse.
The upcoming full moon moves into the penumbral light shadow, causing penumbral lunar eclipse.
What is Harvest Moon?
This month’s full moon has been dubbed the harvest moon because it is the closest one to the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Rising about half an hour later each night, the added light from the full moon’s shine is said to have given farmers more time to harvest their crops.
When to see?
The eclipse is expected to begin on Friday 16 September at 4:54pm UTC (5:54pm BST, or 17 September 2:54am AEST), and will hit its peak at 6:54pm UTC (7:54pm BST, or 17 September 4:54am AEST).
The eclipse will last for exactly 3 hours, 59 minutes and 16 seconds, and you don’t want to miss it – it’s the last harvest moon eclipse of any kind that we’ll see until 2024.
Who can See?
The eclipse will be visible for everyone across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Those across North America and South America will have to wait until 2017 to see another eclipse. Sorry folks you have to wait up till 2017.
Don’t get dissappointed here is a cool news for those who are missing out this phenomena, you can watch the whole event via Slooh Observatory’s live online feed.
Their Harvest Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse livestream will launch on Friday, 16 September at 12:45pm ET (4:54pm UTC), so fire up your browsers so that you may not miss this up.
And those who are watching it directly, dust out your Telescopes and binoculars so as to get clear view.
Don’t miss out the Harvest moon. Tell us how you felt after watching the rare space phenomenon.
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