Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

On May 5, 2023, skywatchers and astronomy enthusiasts observed the celestial phenomenon of penumbral lunar eclipse.

Recent penumbral lunar eclipse

  • Observed on: May 5, 2023
  • Observed from: Many parts of the world including India where the Moon was above the horizon at 1515 GMT
  • Special: First of two lunar eclipses that are expected to occur that year

What are Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?

  • A lunar eclipse occurs as a result of the Earth passing between the moon and the sun with the three bodies in a straight line which results in the shadow of Earth falling on the moon.
  • In Penumbral Lunar Eclipse moon moves through the outermost region of the Earth’s shadow known as the penumbra. This is an area in which the Earth appears to cover part of the sun’s disk but not all of it.