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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: May 25, 2013

Geographic Region: Americas, Africa

The second lunar eclipse of the year again occurs at the Moon's ascending node in Scorpius about 7° northwest of Antares (mv = +1.07).  With a penumbral eclipse magnitude of 0.0158, just 0.5 arc-minutes of the Moon's southern limb will pass into Earth's pale penumbral shadow; such a shallow eclipse is only of academic interest since it will be all but impossible to detect.

Nevertheless, the Moon's contact times with Earth's penumbra are listed below.

 

Penumbral Eclipse Begins:   3:53:11 UT
Greatest Eclipse:   4:10:00 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends:   4:26:56 UT

 

During the event, the Moon will be visible from the Americas and western Africa.

The May 25 penumbral lunar eclipse is the very first eclipse of Saros 150, a series of 71 eclipses in the following sequence: 8 penumbral, 23 partial, 12 total, 15 partial, and 13 penumbral lunar eclipses (Espenak and Meeus, 2009).  Saros 150 peaks with a total eclipse on 2680 Jul 04 and it ends on 3275 Jun 30.

 

Eclipse map and predictions courtesy of Fred Espenak - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
For more information on solar and lunar eclipses, see Fred Espenak's Eclipse Home Page:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

 

 

 

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