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Lunar Eclipses 2023 – When ,Where and How To See Them

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lunar eclipse

Lunar Eclipses 2023

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon appears to turn red while passing through Earth’s shadow. This year features two spectacular total lunar eclipses. 

The next lunar eclipse of 2023 will be a partial lunar eclipse on October 28

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It will be visible over parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, North/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic and Antarctica.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth positions itself between the sun and the moon and casts a shadow across the surface of the moon. They can only occur during a full moon and make for an interesting skywatching target. 

The last total lunar eclipse that occurred on November 8, 2022, thrilled skywatchers worldwide, the next total lunar eclipse — also known as Blood Moon lunar eclipse — won’t happen until March 13/14, 2025.

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lunar eclipse

There are three types of lunar eclipses depending on how the sun, Earth and moon are aligned at the time of the event.

  1. Total lunar eclipse: Earth’s shadow is cast across the entire lunar surface
  2.  During a partial lunar eclipse, only part of the moon enters Earth’s shadow, which may look like it is taking a “bite” out of the lunar surface. Earth’s shadow will appear dark on the side of the moon facing Earth. How much of a “bite” we see depends on how the sun, Earth and moon align , According To Nasa
  3. Penumbral lunar eclipse: The faint outer part of Earth’s shadow is cast across the lunar surface. This type of eclipse is not as dramatic as the other two and can be difficult to see.

The first lunar eclipse of 2023 occurred on May. 5, 2023

Penumbral lunar eclipse

Exactly when the lunar eclipse was visible depends on where you are located but  the penumbral eclipse began on May. 5 at 10:11 a.m. EST (1511 GMT), the maximum eclipse was reached at 12:22 p.m. EST (1722 GMT) and the penumbral eclipse ended at 14:31 p.m. EST (1931 GMT). The overall duration of the eclipse was 4 hours and 18 minutes. 

According to Various Resources , at least some parts of the lunar eclipse was visible in South/East Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

The partial lunar eclipse of 2023 Occurred On Oct 28,2023

Partial lunar eclipse

The next lunar eclipse of 2023 will be a partial lunar eclipse on October 28

Exactly when the lunar eclipse will be visible depends on where you are located but  the partial eclipse begins at 14:35 p.m. EDT (1935 GMT), the maximum eclipse occurs at 15:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) and the partial eclipse will end at 15:52 p.m. EDT (2052 GMT). The faint penumbral lunar eclipse is visible for an hour or so on either side of the partial lunar eclipse. The overall duration of the lunar eclipse will be 4 hours and 25 minutes. 

During the partial lunar eclipse, only about 6% of the moon’s surface will be covered by Earth’s umbra.

If you’re clouded out or unable to see the event in person, you’ll still be able to watch the event live online on YouTube

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lunar eclipse

How To See Lunar Eclipses

To watch a lunar eclipse, you just need to go outside, look up, and enjoy. No special equipment is required, but using binoculars or a small telescope can help you see more details on the moon’s surface. It’s just as interesting to watch a lunar eclipse as it is to observe the moon at any other time. If the eclipse happens during the winter, make sure to dress warmly and have warm drinks, blankets, or chairs for comfort as it can take a few hours for the eclipse to unfold.

We will not experience another total lunar eclipse until March 14, 2025. There will however be partial and penumbral lunar eclipses to keep us occupied in the meantime.  

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