Harvest Moon Eclipse 2016 When and Where To See Last Harvest Moon Eclipse
The Harvest Moon will fill the sky on Friday night and, for some people across the globe, it will bring a special event – a lunar eclipse.
Friday night’s lunar eclipse will be the final eclipse of the year and will be visible across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Those across North America and South America will have to wait until 2017 to see another eclipse.
The Harvest Moon eclipse will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is different from a total eclipse.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the umbra or the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. This darkens the moon and can cause the moon to appear a red or orange color.
However, during a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon only passes through the penumbra, the outer part of the Earth’s shadow. This is not as dark as the umbra, but it still causes some shading on the moon.
Penumbral lunar eclipses can be difficult to notice at first, but those gazing at the moon on Friday night should be able to spot some shading over a corner of the moon.
People will be able to see the eclipse without any special equipment; however, the shading will be more noticeable for those with binoculars or telescopes.