Penumbral Lunar Eclipse over Baku
As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, during 2012 November 28’s lunar eclipse, the Moon slid through the Earth’s shadow. Extending into space, Earth’s cone-shaped shadow has two distinct parts, the lighter, outer part or penumbra, and the darker, inner shadow called the umbra. For this eclipse, the lunar disk just grazed the shadow’s outer not-so-dark penumbra. As a result, only on side of the Full Moon was noticeably darker. However this can be easily missed by less sky-familiar eyes. In this scene TWAN photographer has recorded a photo sequence of the rising eclipsed moon over the Caspian Sea and the skyline of Baku, Azerbaijan. Also visible along the Moon is Jupiter, only days away from its December 3 opposition and shining at its brightest in 2012. Click on the second photo to see a single exposure photo of this sequence showing the penumbral eclipsed moon at the horizon.