People around the world viewed the penumbral eclipse of the moon on November 28, 2012. As usual, some who stood under the eclipsed moon in a clear sky – gazing upward – swore they could not see an eclipse happening. That’s because a penumbral eclipse is a very subtle kind of eclipse. It happens when the lighter penumbral shadow of Earth falls on the moons face. Read more about today’s penumbral eclipse here. And yet this light penumbral shadow on the moon is a beautiful sight to behold, for those with the patience to look. The photos below, from EarthSky Facebook friends, show the subtle beauty of this kind of eclipse.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
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