This weekend, lovers of observing the night sky will be treated to another extraordinary event. Parts of our natural satellite will become darker. The lunar eclipse will be very clearly visible from our country.
On the night of October 28-29, it is worth looking towards the Moon. A partial eclipse will be visible from Poland. The maximum of the phenomenon will occur at a quarter of an hour. 22. About one-eighth of the lunar disk will be covered.
– Eclipses like to come in pairs. This is confirmed this time too – said astronomer Jerzy Rafalski from the Space Popularization Center Planetarium w Toruń.
Recently – on October 14 – an annular solar eclipse could be observed in North and South America. Now astronomy enthusiasts are waiting for a lunar eclipse.
– This (eclipses coming in pairs – editor’s note) results from the fact that the Moon needs about a month to completely circle the Earth. When we had a solar eclipse, the Moon was between the Earth and the Sun. After almost two weeks, it will cover half of the orbit and will be on the opposite side of the Earth, and the Earth, illuminated by the Sun, will cast a shadow on its natural satellite – said the expert.
One eighth of the shield
The lunar eclipse will be partial, but visible from Poland. The phenomenon will begin at February 20 in the form of a penumbral eclipse, and at At 9:35 p.m., the Moon’s disk will begin to enter the Earth’s shadow. The maximum phase will take place at 22.15. The show will end around 10:52 p.m.
– The lower, left part of the Moon’s disk will be slightly darker, as if “eaten”, even though the Moon will be full. The Earth’s shadow will basically skim the surface of the Moon, because only about one-eighth of the disk will be covered, the astronomer described.
It is worth paying attention to the shape of the Earth’s shadow that will cover the Moon. – If you look closely, you can see that it is part of a circle. A long time ago, the first sky observers understood in this way, among other things, that the Earth is a ball – noted Rafalski.
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