Penumbral Lunar Eclipse : 5th May 2023
On May 5, 2023, as a penumbral lunar eclipse is set to occur, is the first of two lunar eclipses that are expected to occur that year.
- There are three types of lunar eclipses – total lunar eclipses, partial lunar eclipses, and penumbral lunar eclipses.
- A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves through the outermost region of the Earth’s shadow known as the penumbra. During this event, the moon appears slightly darker than usual.
- This results in the shadow of our planet falling on the Moon’s face as Earth blocks the light from the Sun.
- A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is difficult to observe due to the subtle dimming effect.
- Regions that will witness the Penumbral Eclipse are Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica, and most of Europe. All the cities in India will be able to witness the celestial phenomenon,