Friday, September 16, 2016

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse with Harvest Full Moon

The Buddha (Haluzman/flickr)
After the solar eclipse another big celestial event is set to take place on Friday, September 16, 2016. On Friday, sky gazers will be treated to a penumbral lunar eclipse, which will coincide with the Harvest Moon.

The penumbral lunar eclipse, which will occur on Friday, is the last lunar eclipse of the year. This lunar eclipse will be different from the total eclipse, as it is coinciding with Harvest Moon. The lunar eclipse will be visible at 18:54 Universal Time (UTC) (2:54 am EDT/ 18:54 GMT). More

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Eastern Europe, Eastern Africa, Asia, and Western Australia.

The total duration of the eclipse is 3 hours and 59 minutes. The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions the entire eclipse will be visible. The lunar eclipse is also the last eclipse of 2016. Clips and images credit: ESO, ESA/Hubble, and NASA More

Buddhist Lunar Observance

ASK A MONK: "Is it okay to practice [the weekly Eight Precept lunar observance called] uposatha once a month instead of the usual weekly times? I have a mild blood pressure problem and fasting seems to really cause my blood pressure to drop to the point I feel light headed."

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