Did you see the 2012 lunar eclipse?

It wasn’t so much of an eclipse, more a passing shadow, but keen eyed astronomers were out in the cold night last night (November 28) to try and capture the eclipse of the moon. During last night, the sky witnessed the full moon passing into the shadowy outer edge (penumbra) of Earth’s shadow. This subtle shadow across the bottom of the moon’s surface should have been best visible in East Asia, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska, but star gazers in the western United States and parts of Europe and Africa could also have had possible views at moonset and moonrise.

Photo Credit: Andrew Wall

These beautiful images of the lunar eclipse were captured by astrophotographer Andrew Wall, who took pictures of the moon before and during the penumbral lunar eclipse (before is left and after is right). Wall says: “The images were taken from my backyard in Paralowie, South Australia.” The images from Wall clearly demonstrate just how subtle the effect was, but you can still see the shadow of the Earth which darkened the full moon at the height of the eclipse, which happened at 9:33 a.m. ET today.

This November eclipse is called a penumbral eclipse because the moon only travelled through the very outer edge of the Earth’s shadow, and not through the deepest part, as it did during last December’s total lunar eclipse. Sky watchers in Australia and the Pacific as well as Alaska and most of Asia had the best viewing spots, as Pakistani stargazer Ramiz Qureshi told SpaceWeather.com: “There was a very subtle darkening of the lunar limb at totality; barely noticeable to the untrained eye,” he said in a report from Karachi. “In fact, I nearly missed it until a friend reminded me.”

Photo Credit: Rob Kaufman

If moon gazing is your thing, you have three more opportunities to view eclipses next year, as we have coming up a partial lunar eclipse on April 25 and penumbral eclipses on May 25 and Oct. 18.

For more views of today’s lunar eclipse, as well as the total solar eclipse that took place two weeks ago, check out SpaceWeather.com’s eclipse photo gallery.

Source: NBC News

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