Full Moon Darkened By Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Morning [WATCH LIVE]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on November 28, 2012 7:07 AM EST

Though the effect won't be as dramatic as it was in 2011 in this photo, the penumbral lunar eclipse is still considered rare.
Though the effect won't be as dramatic as it was in 2011 in this photo, the penumbral lunar eclipse is still considered rare. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The moon will be fully covered by the Earth's shadow at 9:15 a.m. EST this morning during a a minor lunar eclipse. That will be approximately a half hour before the moon reaches its fullest phase of November at 9:46 a.m. EST.

Want to glimpse a view of what is called the penumbral lunar eclipse? By clicking here you can access Space.com's amazing webcast as the November full moon passes into the edges of the earth's shadow. When gazing at the moon, observers will see a faint shadow around the moon's surface.

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Though this penumbral lunar eclipse won't be as extreme as a total lunar eclipse, the changes in color around the moon are still rare.

Residents in East Asia, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska will be able to see the entire trajectory of the  lunar eclipse. Everywhere else, online browsers can see the amazing effect via the Slooh Space Camera. 

The eclipse will begin at 7:15 a.m. EST as the moon surpasses the outer edges of Earth's shadow, or penumbra. The effect is expected to be hazy and gradual. So it will only be perceptible after more than half of the moon has passed into the penumbra.

Scientists expect 92 percent of the moon's diameter to be immersed in the penumbra at about 9:30 a.m. EST, more than two hours after the eclipse starts.

November has been an active time for moon- and sun-gazers. A huge sun eruption was captured on video and camera by NASA in mid-November, showing consecutive solar storms that resulted in what is called a solar prominence.

The eruptions followed three other flare-ups on Nov. 12, 13 and 14. The sun is now in an active phase of an 11-year solar weather cycle. The cycle, known as Solar Cycle 24, will likely peak in 2013.

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