At a glance: Eclipsing fun

By From page B2 | April 24, 2013

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Escabar_MimiFor those planning a quick trip to the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Australia and most of Asia) on Thursday, April 25, there will be a partial lunar eclipse. It will be a very minor partial lunar eclipse, with the moon’s uppermost limb merely grazing the Earth’s umbral shadow. At mid-eclipse, less than 2 percent of the moon’s diameter will be inside the dark shadow. Maybe save the eclipse trip for Oct. 18 when there will be a penumbral eclipse of the Moon. This is where the Moon slides through the northern part of the Earth’s penumbral shadow. At mid-eclipse, 76 percent of the moon’s diameter will be in the penumbra. The best viewing region includes much of Asia, Europe and Africa. The central and eastern portion of North America will get a view of the slightly darkened Hunters’ Moon during the early evening hours.

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