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Stargazers await lunar event on Wednesday afternoon

27 November 2012

Avid stargazers and sky watchers will already know that tomorrow (Wednesday) there will be a penumbral eclipse of the moon.
Those who want to catch sight of it will need a clear view or be somewhere high up.

A penumbral lunar eclipse is caused when the moon passes through the edge – penumbra of the earth’s shadow. The penumbra (from the Latin paene “almost, nearly” and umbra “shadow”) is the region in which only a portion of the light source is obscured by the earth’s shadow.

The diagram below from NASA shows that viewers in North Cyprus can expect to see the eclipse at moonrise – which will be at 16:34 in the afternoon.

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