12 October 2016 | Aim for the Moon

Moon Gianluca Belgrado

Credit: Gianluca Belgrado | Click image to enlarge

Image Data

  • Location: Cortile di casa , Casarano, Lecce, Italy
  • Date taken: 16 September 2016
  • Camera: Canon 1100DA Full Spectrum
  • Optics: Sky-Watcher Newton 200/1000
  • Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro Synscan
  • Accessories: Celestron Mpcc

List of previous EAPODs

After yesterday’s EAPOD of the recent solar eclipse, we couldn’t just leave the solar system again without also publishing this image of the 16 september 2016 penumbral lunar eclipse made by Gianluca Belgrado from Italy.

A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of the Earth’s shadow. It occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in an almost straight line. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface, and covers a part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra. The rest of the surface receives the same amount of sunlight as usual and is as bright as a full Moon. Because of this, it is often hard to differentiate between a normal full Moon and a penumbral eclipse of the Moon.

The surface of the Moon is covered with different types of minerals (like iron and titanium oxide), which clearly shows in this image because of the use of exaggerated colors.

The next (penumbral) lunar eclipse will be on 10 Feb 2017.

EAPOD Archive

Want to  join us in our quest to show the beauty of the universe to the world? Share this EAPOD with your friends!

Regular publication has been ceased for an indefinite period.