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Friday, 10 January 2020

Penumbral eclipse of the 'Wolf Moon'

For once the skies were absolutely clear and I was able to watch the penumbral eclipse of the Moon from Moonrise until maximum at 19.30. As I'm sure many of you know, a penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into a region where some light is scattered into the Earth's shadow, so that all that is noticeable is a slight diminution of the Moon's brightness. In the photos, you can see that the south-eastern limb of the Moon is visibly dusky.

The Moon was close to the two brightest stars of Gemini, Castor and Pollux.

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