Shadowy Moon: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Photos

November 2012 Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon Sky Map

Starry Night Software

Sky map for the Nov. 28 penumbral eclipse of the moon in 2012. [Click here to watch the Nov. 28 lunar eclipse webcast.]

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Viewing Times

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This chart depicts the penumbral lunar eclipse viewing times in the United States for the Nov. 28, 2012, lunar eclipse.

Penumbral Eclipse Sequence in 2006

Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre

Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre created this panorama of the full moon rising over Motif No. 1, a famous landmark in Rockport, Massachusetts, as the moon emerged from the deep penumbral eclipse on March 14, 2006. They used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT camera mounted on a fixed tripod to take photos of the moon at regular intervals. After the event, Imelda and Edwin took the individual photos and assembled them into this eclipse sequence in Adobe Photoshop.

Moon Phases Infographic

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Learn more about moon phases, a waxing and waning crescent or gibbous moon and the lunar cycles of Earth's moon each month in this embeddable lunar phases infographic.

How Moon Phases Work

Starry Night Software

Here's how the moon changes phases as it orbits the Earth, constantly changing the angle that sunlight hits the moon and is reflected, or not, to our eyes.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Printable Guide

F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC

This explainer by NASA eclipse scientist Fred Espenak shows a complete guide to the path and visibility area of the penumbral lunar eclipse of Nov. 28, 2012. [Click here to watch the Nov. 28 lunar eclipse webcast.]

The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2006

Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre

Unlike a total lunar eclipse — when the moon passes centrally through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra, and the moon turns deep red in color — a penumbral eclipse merely grazes the umbra’s dusky outer fringes. That is what will happen on Nov. 28, 2012.

Here, space photographers Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson of Rockport, Mass., capture the penumbral lunar eclipse of March 14, 2006. [Click here to watch the Nov. 28 lunar eclipse webcast.]

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